About me

This website shows older projects. Since 2014 I am running Contrast Foundry please check it out if you are interested my recent work.

My name is Maria. I was born in Moscow and I have spent most of my life there. My passion for drawing as well as collecting printed ephemera lead me to study graphic design at the Moscow State University of Printing, which is where I earned a Masters Degree. During my time there I explored different subjects within the art and design field, before discovering that the right place for me was the Type Design Workshop. At the workshop I worked on my graduation project, William Typeface, under the head of Alexander Tarbeev, whose influence encouraged me to pursue my love for letters. As a result William received Letter.2, Granshan and NewCyrillic awards. I was also selected for ‘Young designer of the year’ by Akzia newspaper in 2011.
Alongside my studies, I’ve been doing commercial type-related projects as a freelancer since 2009, collaborating with various publishing houses and design studios in the field of corporate identity, lettering and type design. I also have a 3-year experience as a full-time graphic designer in Art direction department of the News and Information Agency RIA Novosti (2009–2012). Several of the projects I was working on were selected in Russian Design Rating, one of them received a bronze in Artistic catalogue category of ED Awards in 2012.
Since graduating, I always wanted to have the opportunity to continue my studies in Type Design, at a school that focuses not only on producing typefaces, but on the process of calligraphy, sketching and searching for new directions in design. This is why, last year I moved to the Hague to study on the TypeMedia course at The Royal Academy of Art (KABK). My goal now is to find the way to combine my drawing skills and my knowledge of programming into my design process and see how that affects the end result.
Although my final project at Type and Media is not focused on Cyrillics, I enjoy the process of designing Cyrillic. During my time in The Hague, I had many discussions with my colleague Krista Radoeva about the peculiar differences between Russian and Bulgarian Cyrillics, which lead to further investigation of this topic. This inspired me to do research and collect materials on the history of the Cyrillic script and I hope that in the future my work will be able to improve the look of contemporary Cyrillic typography.
Since 2013 I work as an independent professional based in Moscow. Besides commercial projects, I work on completing my graduation typeface Chimera, which recently received a Certificate of Excellence in Type Design at the Type Directors Club and Morisawa Award.


2012–2013 Royal Academy of Arts (The Hague, NL)

2004–2010 Moscow State University of Printing Arts (Moscow, Russia)
Typedesign Workshop of Alexander Tarbeev

2001–2004 Serov School of Fine Arts (Moscow, Russia)

Work experience

May 2014 — present
Designer & owner
Contrast Foundry / Moscow

July 2015 — present
Tutor & partner
Type Design Workshop

September 2014 — September 2015
Teacher at the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design
Higher School of Economics

August 2013 — May 2014
Freelance graphic & type designer

September 2010 — August 2013
Senior graphic designer at Art Direction department
RIA Novosti

June 2007 — August 2010
Freelance graphic designer

2014 Morisawa Competition, 2nd price, Chimera typeface
2014 TDC Certificate of Excellence in Type Design, Chimera Typeface
2013 New Cyrillic Competition Award, William typeface
2012 European Design Awards, Bronze in Artistic Catalogue category, RIA Photo album
2012 Russian Design Rating 2011, Kak.ru
2011 Granshan, 1st place in Cyrillic text typeface category, William typeface
2011 Letter.2 Award, Best typefaces of the past 10 years, William typeface
2005 Zapf Games calligraphy and lettering contest, 1st place


2015 Work inspiration with Maria Doreuli, Workspiration.org
2015 9 Type Designers to Watch, Print Magazine (ENG)
2014 Interview, Typejournal.ru (ENG) (RUS)
2014 Interview, Designjuices.co.uk
2013 Type in packaging, web, corporate identity, signage and publications, Kak Project
2012 New typefaces, Publish magazine
2011 New typefaces, Publish magazine
2011 Young people 2011, Akzia Newspaper
2011 RIA Novosti (RUS)
2009 New typefaces, Publish magazine

2015 ThirtyThree (Moscow, Russia)
2015 60th Anniversary Exhibition of Moscow Assosiation of Artists (Moscow, Russia)
2014 Type Directors Club New York TDC2 (USA, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam)
2014 Layers, Promgraphica (Moscow, Russia)
2014 Golden Bee Exhibition (Moscow, Russia)
2014 Twelve Typefaces from all over the world (Sofia, Bulgaria)
2013 Type Masters (Moscow, Russia)
2013 Type Masters (Brisbane, Australia)
2013 Mastering Type, Mota Italic (Berlin, Germany)
2013 New Cyrillic Competition (Moscow, Russia)
2012 Letter.2 Contest Exhibition (Hong Kong, China)
2011 Exhibition of the Granjan winning typefaces (Germany, Armenia)
2010 Graduation exhibition of typedesign graduation progects at Project Fabrika (Moscow, Russia)
2009 Type and calligraphy festival «Sviato Kilillitsi» exhibition AtypI conference (Dublin, Ireland)
2009 Type and calligraphy festival «Sviato Kilillitsi» exhibition (Kharkiv, Ukraine)

Talks & workshops

Lettering Workshop
with Katerina Kochkina
November 2015 (Moscow, Russia)

Type Design Workshop
with Alexander Tarbeev and Elena Novoselova
July 2015 (Moscow, Russia)

Type sketching techniques workshop
with Troy Leinster and Krista Radoeva
June 2014, Typofest (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Mastering Type
June 2014, Typofest (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Two Cyrillics: a more exciting history
November 2013, Serebro Nabora (Moscow, Russia)

The contrast between Russian and Bulgarian Cyrillic
October 2013, ATypI (Amsterdam, NL)

1508 A/S (DK)
Design Bureau Shuka (RU)
Dima Barbanel (RU)
Elias Werner (DK)
Emigre (US)
Independent Media (RU)
Font Bureau (US)
FontLab (US)
Just Design (RU)
OurType (BE)
Russia Today (RU)
The Art Newspaper (RU)
Trimag (RU)
Typejournal.ru (RU)
Typotheque (NL)

Feel free to contact me via email: mariadoreuli [at] gmail.com
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