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Today’s Elastic-City type walk takes place all the way out in Brighton Beach, and I will say that it’s definitely worth the subway trek or the bike ride out there. I picked that location as it uniquely allows me to talk about type in a cross-cultural and bi-lingual fashion.
As we stroll down a couple of the main strips, petrushka-pastries in hand, we’ll touch upon topics which include the history of western typography, the divergence of cyrillic and latin glyph forms, how cyrillic shapes have evolved and adjusted throughout the ages, and what happens from the view point of a type designer as the alphabets come back to sit alongside each other more and more in today’s world.