Typophiles, a group that encourages the appreciation and production of fine typography and bookmaking, is inviting everyone to come to their annual holiday luncheon on December 18!

Maxim Zhukov, a longtime member and supporter of Type Directors Club, is the featured speaker and will talk about his prolific and influential career in book design.

Tickets to the annual luncheon are $45 in advance and $49 at the door.

? If you attend, be sure to bring a wrapped book of interest to Typophiles to join in the group’s traditional Holiday Grab Bag.

Maxim will discuss his love affair with type, and his persistent efforts to bring Russia back to the global typographic marketplace: exhibitions, competitions and exchanges he arranged for—even in the midst of the Cold War. He will talk about the books he designed, comment on the formatting tools he used, their typography and layout, typefaces, printing and binding. Maxim will also chronicle his efforts to select and have translated and published some of the best books on type and typography, including a few he himself wrote, edited, typeset, and laid out. Finally, he will show some of Cyrillic typefaces he helped to develop for many foundries and designers worldwide.

Widely regarded as a leading authority on Cyrillic type design today, Maxim Zhukov enjoyed a prolific and influential career in book design in Russia prior to 1977, when he began his 30-year tenure as the Typographic Coordinator at the UN in New York City. In his talk he will focus on his book design and art direction, which has been credited with introducing page layout grids and International Style to Soviet graphic design.