Elisaveta Kalinina
Type Designer / from Saint Petersburg, Russia
Multidisciplinary designer. I like to do everything at once: branding, and fonts, and layout, and video, I am also interested in fashion.
Tell me what you're doing now?
This year I graduate from university and now I am engaged in a diploma project, I create my own small brand performance about emotions and messages, and I would like to develop it after graduation too.

What do you plan in the future?
My whole life has to do with design one way or another: what I listen to, watch; I don't know yet which area I will go to, I don't want to be limited to one thing, I like a lot, now I try to accumulate experience and understand what brings happiness more, where my skills are more useful and applicable. Probably, in an ideal world, I would like to make fonts, identities, pictures for good projects and at the same time develop my personal one, it is possible to go into fashion, for example.

How did you decide to go into design? And what do you specialize in?
I have always been a creative person, I went to art school for almost 10 years with interruptions, it helped me develop a sense of composition, volume, color, but I did not want to only draw, so I entered the communication design at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg. I like a multidisciplinary approach in design and like to do everything at once: branding, fonts, layout, and video, I am interested in fashion, and it seems to me that this approach is very useful in our field, everything is interconnected and cannot exist separately.

Your first font, can you tell us more about this experience?
It was very interesting to work on your first SK Coisa headset, this is some unusual feeling when you go into the editor and type in the font that you made yourself. At the same time, I believe that fonts are one of the most difficult areas of design and require a large level of professionalism, but you always need to start somewhere, so I sometimes like to move away from the rules and try experiments, intentionally make mistakes in order to get an unexpected result later.

How do you see the future of Cyrillic fonts?
I think there will only be more of them, this is such a non-aging trend. Cyrillic is complex, but very beautiful, so working on such fonts is interesting and fun in places.

What are the plans for the near future?
I want to do things that will evoke emotion, and this applies to all spheres: from font to areas at the junction of design and art.