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 Tel Aviv. Since 1995 he has taught typography and type design at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan. 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 (FONTEF), producing a range of Hebrew and Latin fonts.