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Cyrus Highsmith

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.

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MyFonts Creative Characters: Cyrus Highsmith (February 2009)

28 font families by Cyrus Highsmith

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Antenna

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56 fonts from $40.00
Antenna Antenna

Dispatch™

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16 fonts from $40.00
Dispatch™ Dispatch™

Heron Serif

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20 fonts from $40.00
Heron Serif Heron Serif

Stainless®

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35 fonts from $40.00
Stainless® Stainless®

One day in his sketchbook Cyrus Highsmith began hacking the serifs off his Dispatch characters, and liked this rough start.

Scout

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24 fonts from $40.00
Scout Scout

Salvo Sans

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30 fonts from $40.00
Salvo Sans Salvo Sans

Heron Sans

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20 fonts from $40.00
Heron Sans Heron Sans

Steadfast and no-nonsense, Heron is always ready to go to work. It began with a Joe Heroun commission for Men’s Health inspired by industrial, machine-made letters. Unlike other type with mechanical influences, Heron is a refined, versatile family, capable of doing the job in both headlines and small text. Heron Serif and Sans are born of hard iron and steel, but galvanized with Cyrus Highsmith’s warmth and energy.

Relay®

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40 fonts from $40.00
Relay® Relay®

Relay reaches back to the middle of the last century for inspiration.

In England, Edward Johnston and Eric Gill applied humanist proportions and shapes to the geometric sanserif and established a trend within European art deco. In the United States, C.H. Griffith and W.A. Dwiggins achieved a similar effect with Metro, influencing American lettering from the diner to the comic book.

Escrow™

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44 fonts from $40.00
Escrow™ Escrow™

Ibis Text

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12 fonts from $60.00
Ibis Text Ibis Text

Salvo Serif

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30 fonts from $40.00
Salvo Serif Salvo Serif

Cyrus Highsmith designed Salvo Sans and Salvo Serif (originally called Boomer Sans and Boomer Serif) as one series to tie the design of AARP The Magazine to AARP The Bulletin and AARP Segunda Juventud.

Biscotti™

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2 fonts from $40.00
Biscotti™ Biscotti™

Novia™

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2 fonts from $40.00
Novia™ Novia™

The English copperplate script came back into its own with the advent of photocomposition, then digital techniques. Gone are limitations on kerning and joining strokes imposed by the typefounders’ mold.

Amira®

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10 fonts from $40.00
Amira® Amira®

Zócalo Display™

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8 fonts from $40.00
Zócalo Display™ Zócalo Display™

Prensa®

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24 fonts from $40.00
Prensa® Prensa®

Serge

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3 fonts from $40.00
Serge Serge

Quiosco

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6 fonts from $60.00
Quiosco Quiosco

Quiosco (Spanish for Kiosk) is a text family designed by Cyrus Highsmith (after Prensa) that follows W.A. Dwiggins in deliberately contrasting character outline with the counter shape.

Zócalo Text™

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4 fonts from $60.00
Zócalo Text™ Zócalo Text™

Prensa Display®

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36 fonts from $60.00
Prensa Display® Prensa Display®

Cyrus Highsmith designed Prensa Display to accompany his popular Prensa. The family shares a distinctive tension within the forms, achieved through a process of wrapping outside curves around the inside, a technique inspired by the work of W. A. Dwiggins. Expanded to include additional widths, Prensa Display features refined details and more compact proportions for really packing in powerful headlines.

Ibis Display

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36 fonts from $60.00
Ibis Display Ibis Display

Eggwhite®

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2 fonts from $40.00
Eggwhite® Eggwhite®

Zócalo Banner™

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8 fonts from $40.00
Zócalo Banner™ Zócalo Banner™

Occupant Gothic™

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4 fonts from $40.00
Occupant Gothic™ Occupant Gothic™

Occupant Gothic typographically embodies Cyrus Highsmith’s caffeinated vision of the urban environment. The letters are drawn with the fast straight lines that dominate his illustrative sketching style. Form and counterform carefully push and pull against each other to create a frantic and angular rhythm, played out over 2 weights and italics.

Daleys Gothic®

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6 fonts from $40.00
Daleys Gothic® Daleys Gothic®

Loupot®

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1 font from $40.00
Loupot® Loupot®

In 1948, French designer Charles Loupot drew a revolutionary logotype to promote St. Raphael mineral water.

Half a century later, the qualities of this logo inspired New York designer and illustrator Laurie Rosenwald to work with Boston type designer Cyrus Highsmith in expanding it into a typeface.

Benton Sans®

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128 fonts from $40.00
Benton Sans® Benton Sans®

Miller™

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15 fonts from $40.00
Miller™ Miller™

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