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Just His Type

Location: Rose O’Neill Literary House

September 29, 2015
Font designer Cyrus Highsmith visits the Lit House September 29 at 4:30 p.m. to talk about his work creating distinctive lettering for clients that include the Wall Street Journal and ESPN.

CHESTERTOWN, MD—On Tuesday, September 29 Washington College will host Cyrus Highsmith, a Senior Designer of The Font Bureau, to speak about typography and his work as a font designer. The first of two events titled “The Verbal & The Visual,” Highsmith’s presentation begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Lit House, 407 Washington Avenue, and is free and open to the public. 

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Highsmith joined The Font Bureau, one of the world’s leading companies in typeface design, in 1997. The Font Bureau has designed custom lettering for most major publications in the United States, including fonts Highsmith created for The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, and Men’s Health. 

Highsmith began his work as font designer while still at RISD. In an interview with myfonts.com he recalled,  “drawing type felt to me like a very pure form of drawing. It was distilled down into just black and white, form and counter-form, contour and shape.” Highsmith’s book Inside Paragraphs: Typographic Fundamentals (2012), inspiredfellow designer Matthew Carter to write, “There is nothing you need to understand about using type that’s not in this book.” For more information on Cyrus Highsmith’s font designs and other works visit his blog at http://ow.ly/RZBGS or go to http://www.fontbureau.com/people/CyrusHighsmith/ 

 “The Verbal and the Visual” continues November 3, when writer Matthea Harvey talks about the relationship between Poetry and Art. (A third event, an October 20 talk by book designer Jeff Clark, has been cancelled.) For more information on “The Verbal and the Visual,” visit the Literary House website:  http://www.washcoll.edu/centers/lithouse/

Type designer Cyrus Highsmith.Type designer Cyrus Highsmith. 

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