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Fontef [Yanek Iontef]

Yanek Iontef is a typeface designer and typographer. Born in the USSR in 1963, he emigrated to Israel at the age of 16 and studied graphic design at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, graduating there in 1989. He has worked in London and Tel Aviv (for MetaMark International design studio), and taught typography and type design at the Bezalel Academy and at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. An award-winning type designer, Yanek runs Fontef, his own foundry specializing in Hebrew type design.

His commercial fonts include FF Cartonnage (2003, a sans family with dingbats thrown in for cardboard boxes), New Cast, CaseSeraSera, Erica Sans, Hadasah Friedlaender, Mandatory. Atzmaut (Independence), and Next Exit, are two of his typefaces that won awards at Bukvaraz 2001.

In 2016, he designed the free Google Font Frank Ruhl Libre for Latin in Hebrew. The original Frank Rühl was designed in 1908 by Rafael Frank in collaboration with Auto Rühl of the C. F. Rühl foundry of Leipzig. A final version was released in 1910. Many Israeli books, newspapers and magazines use Frank Rühl as their main body text typeface. Iontef's extension and modernization has five styles.

Neue Frutiger Hebrew (2018), created by Yanek Iontev and a team of designers and font engineers from the Monotype Studio, under the direction of Monotype type director Akira Kobayashi. Yanek Iontef collaborated with Akira Kobayashi and Monotype Studio on Avenir Next Hebrew (2021).

IBM Plex Sans Hebrew (2019, by Mike Abbink, Paul van der Laan, Pieter van Rosmalen and Yanek Iontef) is a free typeface family at Google Fonts.

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