Vladimir Yefimov was one of the most respected Russian type designers. He was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1949, studied at Moscow Art School, and graduated from the Moscow Printing Institute in 1973 as a graphic designer. He worked at the Type Department of NPO Polygraphmash (1973-91) and at ParaGraph Intl., Moscow (1992-98) designing Cyrillic typefaces. He was then the art director and a co-founder of ParaType, Inc., Moscow.
He was the author of many articles and the editor of several books on typography and type design. He lectured on type design at the Higher Academical School of Graphic Design, Moscow and at the British Higher School of Art and Design, Moscow. He was a participant in several exhibitions of type and book design in Moscow and a member of the jury of some type contests including bukva:raz!, the type design competition of the ATypI (2001). He was a recipient of the Grand Prize at the Golden Bee 3, a biennale of graphic design, in the Typeface category (Moscow, 1996), and of the Typographic Excellence Certificate at the TDC2 (New York, 2000). He was a member of the Moscow Artists Union, a member of the Academy of Graphic Design, Moscow, and a member of the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI).
Among his most well known original typeface designs are AdverGothic, Didona, Lazurski, Newton, Octava, and Petersburg. His last designs Yefimov Serif and Yefimov Sans, were completed by Maria Selezeneva and Alexandra Korolkova.
He died in hospital in February 2012 at the age of 62.
[DJD, April 2016]