March 22, 1957 – February 25, 2014
On February 25, 2014 at 10h30 p.m., after a regular workout at a local fitness club, the heart of Emil, our dear friend, our leader, stopped beating.
Emil dedicated more than twenty years of his life to type. He was genuinely in love with his job, and gave it everything he had. It was his life’s top priority. Emil loved fonts not only as visual objects and artefacts of technology. He knew everything about them—from the mathematical description of their glyphs to the most advanced methods for their rendering; from broad trends in the historical evolution of type to the finer points of licensing and legal protection. And that was just one fraction of his many gifts and talents. Not only did he know and love his job, he was an exceptional organizer. In 1998 he founded ParaType, and became its main driving power, and the mastermind of its many achievements. A leading expert in type design, and champion of typographic awareness, he remained open and accessible, and a pleasure to work with and for. Modest by nature, Emil kept a low profile, priding himself more as a team player than a team leader.
In all the company’s activities, be it cooperation with global corporations like Google and Apple, government contracts, or organising, sponsoring and hosting typographic conferences and competitions, he was always in the forefront, encouraging and inspiring us by his example.
Emil was born on March 22, 1957, in Ufa, Bashkiria. After graduating from the Moscow Institute of Management, he worked at the National Research Institute for Synthetic Fibre in Kalinin (now Tver). In the late 1980s personal computers became his main pursuit, and he was appointed the Institute’s senior systems analyst. More scientific career opportunities opened after he earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from the Leningrad Institute of Technology in 1987. But a meeting with Stepan Pachikov led him to reconsider his career choices and change his entire life trajectory, by joining the upstart joint venture ParaGraph International. It was here that he emerged as a real authority in the field. In 1998 he reorganized the type design department of ParaGraph into a new venture, ParaType, a digital type foundry that he managed for the next fifteen years. During his tenure ParaType’s font library increased sixfold. The company has become a household name among leading international type manufacturers, many of whom have made ParaType their marketing agent.
Emil was our beloved friend, mentor and coach, a man whose resolve and dynamism inspired us for many years.
He accomplished many things, but many more are left unfinished.
Emil, you are always with us.