Crystian Cruz is a Brazilian graphic designer with broad experience in editorial design and typography. He holds a Master in Typeface Design from Reading University (UK) and is currently undertaking a PhD and teaching at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His research is exploring creative ways to use digital typography as a medium to provoke engagement to content.
As a practitioner, Crystian has worked for more than a decade as Creative Director of leading magazines and newspapers, and as Type Director at Africa, a notorious Brazilian advertising agency. He has been working as an independent consultant since 2014.
Specialized in creating bespoke fonts for editorial design and advertising, he is always trying to find ways to tweak type features to solve specific design problems. This approach led to the invention of type behaviours such as insertion of bar charts in fonts and an OpenType feature to automatically condense letters at the end of each text line.
Crystian is continuously featured in magazines and books related to Brazilian design and typographic scene and has been working as a part-time lecturer in typography and graphic design in bachelor and postgraduate courses in several institutions for the last 17 years. Since 2017 he is contributing to the international typographic scene as a board member of ATypI.