In 1997 Cyrus Highsmith graduated with honors from Rhode Island
School of Design and joined the Font Bureau. As Senior Designer, he
concentrates on development of new type series. A faculty member at
RISD, he teaches typography in the department of Graphic Design. He
lectures and gives workshops across the United States, Mexico and
Europe. In 2001, Highsmith was featured in Print Magazine's New Visual
Artist Review. His typefaces Prensa and Relay were among the winners at
Bukva:Raz!, the international type design competition. He has exhibited
his work in the United States and Europe.
Martha Stewart Living, The Source, MensHealth, the Spanish edition of
Playboy, Rolling Stone, The Montreal Gazette (Canada), and The Sunday
Independent (London) have featured his faces. He has designed types for
La Prensa Grafica (El Salvador) and El Universal (Mexico City). In 2002
he produced new headline series for The Wall Street Journal that
satisfied complex contemporary requirements while remaining within the
traditional typographic character that distinguishes the Journal.
The wide range of his work is important to Highsmith. He considers
himself above all a draftsman. Drawing is his lifelong passion. He
combines an energetic illustrative approach with enthusiasm for
typographic communication, leading to a diverse library of original
designs. Highsmith draws a calligraphic script for a wedding invitation
as comfortably as an industrial strength sanserif.
- BFA, Rhode Island School of Design