Cyrus Highsmith joined the Font Bureau in 1997. As Senior Designer, he concentrates on development of new typefaces. A faculty member at Rhode Island School of Design department of graphic design since 2000, he teaches letter drawing. He also leads workshops and is a frequent lecturer across the United States, Mexico, and Europe.
Highsmith is known for his original approach to drawing letterforms. His designs have been specified for diverse platforms including Rolling Stone, starwars.com, and the Ford Motor Company. He has also created custom typefaces for clients including The Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Living, La Prensa Gráfica, ESPN, Men’s Health, and El Universal.
In addition to being a type designer, Highsmith is an illustrator and author. In 2012, Font Bureau published his first book, Inside Paragraphs: Typographic Fundamentals, about which Matthew Carter wrote “There is nothing you need to understand about using type that’s not in this book.”