Born in the USSR, Yanek Iontef moved to Israel at the age of 16 and studied graphic design at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. he worked as a graphic designer in London and as a Senior Designer at Metamark International, Tel Aviv. Since 1995 he has taught typography and type design at the Bezalel Academy. He currently works in Tel Aviv as a freelance designer specializing in type design, corporate identity and editorial design. An award winning type designer, he also has his own type foundry, producing a range of Hebrew and Latin fonts.