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Type Network heads east with CSTM Fonts

Type Network’s latest partner is CSTM Fonts, the Moscow-based foundry led by award-winning designers Ilya Ruderman and Yury Ostromentsky.

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Award-winning designers Ilya Ruderman and Yury Ostromentsky founded CSTM Fonts, an independent digital type design and development foundry, in Moscow in 2014. All CTSM Fonts typefaces support Cyrillic and Latin extended alphabets.

Ilya Ruderman and Yury Ostromentsky graduated with degrees in graphic design from the Moscow State University of Printing Arts, where they studied under Alexander Tarbeev. They worked as graphic and type designers for several years before founding CSTM Fonts (and, in 2016, type.today, a Cyrillic font distributor). Olga Pankova joined the company in 2015. CSTM Fonts is the first Russian foundry to become part of Type Network.

Cofounder CSTM Fonts and type.today

Ilya Ruderman

Ilya Ruderman lives and works in Moscow. In 2002, he graduated from the Moscow State University of the Printing Arts, where he did his graduation project under the supervision of Alexander Tarbeev. He also obtained an MA in Type and Media from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 2005. After completing that program, Ruderman returned to Moscow, where he collaborated on a number of publications: Kommersant, Afisha, Moskovskiye Novosti, Bolshoi Gorod, and Men’s Health Russia. From 2005–2007, he art directed Afisha’s city guidebooks, and later served as art director for RIA-Novosti, a news agency, for several years. Since 2007, he has supervised the curriculum in type and typography at the British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow. He has been internationally active as a consultant on Cyrillic since 2008. In 2014, Ruderman founded CSTM Fonts with Yury Ostromentsky.

His typefaces include BigCity Grotesque Pro, Kazimir, Permian (a typeface for the city of Perm) and Cyrillic versions of Austin, Dala Floda, Graphik, Marlene, Moscow Sans (as a consultant), Typonine Sans, and Thema.


Cofounder of CSTM Fonts and type.today

Yury Ostromentsky

Yury Ostromentsky is a type and graphic designer. Like Ilya Ruderman,  Ostromentsky graduated from the Moscow State University of the Printing Arts in 2002, where he completed a graduation project under the tutelage of Alexander Tarbeev. Since graduating, Ruderman has worked as a designer and art director for publishers and design studios. From 2004 to 2012, he art directed the magazine Bolshoi Gorod (Big City), for which he created several display typefaces as well as several original typefaces and Cyrillic versions of Latin fonts in collaboration with Ilya Ruderman. His typefaces won awards in the Contemporary Cyrillic 2009 and 2014 competitions. In 2004, along with Ruderman, Dmitri Yakovlev, and Darya Yarzhambek, he created the website DailyType. In March 2014, again with Ruderman, he founded CSTM Fonts.

Ostromentsky’s typefaces include RIA Typeface, Kazimir, Pilar, and BestLife.



Olga Pankova

Olga Pankova is a graphic and type designer. She graduated from the Moscow Power Engineering Institute in 2009 and got a master’s degree in Type and Typography from the British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow in 2014. She lectures and leads master classes on type design and chalk lettering and has a special interest in stone carving. She worked for several years as a freelance designer. Since 2015, she has worked as a type designer for CSTM Fonts. She also works with the Moscow Design StudioBang! Bang!, and the publishing houses Meshcheriakov and MIF.

Pankova’s typefaces include Pulitzer and BigCity Grotesque Pro (with Ilya Ruderman).