Cyrus Highsmith


Cyrus Highsmith is a letter drawer, teacher, author, and graphic artist. He has designed dozens of original typefaces and was senior designer at Font Bureau for many years. He teaches type design at Rhode Island School of Design. He wrote and illustrated the acclaimed primer, Inside Paragraphs: Typographic Fundamentals. In 2015, he received the Gerrit Noordzij Prize for extraordinary contributions to the fields of type design, typography, and type education. The same year, he founded Occupant LLC, which includes both Occupant Press and Occupant Fonts.


BITS & Pieces 2017 Workshop
Cyrus Highsmith
October 28, 2017.
1.00 pm. - 3.00 pm.
TAB Space
Available slots : 8 person

“The Shape of Space"

The letters of a typeface are drawn with contours. Each contour is an edge, where two shapes meet. One shape is black and the other shape is white. With practice, you can learn to draw with an awareness of both shapes at once. This workshop consists of exercises to develop your sensitivity to shapes of all kinds, especially the white shapes. Their roots are in classic contour drawing exercises as well as activities Cyrus Highsmith uses in his type design classes at Rhode Island School of Design.


BITS & Pieces 2017 Conference
Cyrus Highsmith
October 29, 2017.
Morning Session
10.00 am. - 12.00 pm. 
at W Hotel

“Between Things”

Cyrus Highsmith is a type designer, graphic artist, teacher, and author. In this presentation, he will discuss the relationship between these different activities, why he's learning to speak Japanese, and lost rabbits.