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Black Strokes and White Shapes

Cyrus Highsmith reflects on the relationship between a typographic letter and a handwritten one. His thoughts have been shaped by his own career as a type designer, training new designers at Font Bureau, Occupant Fonts, and Morisawa, as well as 20+ years of teaching at Rhode Island School of Design.

Cyrus Highsmith

Cyrus Highsmith

Cyrus Highsmith is a letter drawer, teacher, author, and graphic artist. He teaches type design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). 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. In 2017, he became Creative Director for Latin Type Development at Morisawa USA.

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