Irina Smirnova started studying type design at the Moscow State University of Printing Arts and graduated in 2001. To gain type design experience she worked as free-lance designer for ParaType Inc. For several years she worked closely with and learned a lot from Tagir Safayev.
During 2002–2006 she taught courses on type design and lettering at the Institute of Modern Art in Moscow.
Currently Irina works as type designer at Art. Lebedev Studio.
Typefaces: ALS Kraft
Irina Smirnova graduated from the Moscow State University of Printing Arts in 2001 and
since then type design became her main occupation. She started to work for ParaType where she learned a lot from Tagir Safayev. Irina has been teaching type design and calligraphy at the Institute of Contemporary Art, British Higher School of Art and Design and other educational institutions in Moscow.
In 2008 Irina worked at Art Lebedev Studio. In 2010 Irina graduated from the Type&Media course at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague. The following three years she lived and worked in the Netherlands, designing original typefaces and Cyrillic localizations, consulting and giving Cyrillic workshops. She worked with Exlijbris Font Foundry, Typotheque, Sorkin Type and Production Type. Together with Rustam Gabbasov Irina translated into Russian the book by Gerrit Noordzij ‘The Stroke. Theory of Writing’.
Currently Irina works as a free-lance type designer in Moscow, teaches calligraphy and gives advice on Cyrillic to non-native designers.