Cyrus Highsmith is a letter drawer, teacher, author, and graphic artist. He has designed dozens of original typefaces and was senior designer at Font Bureau for many years. He teaches type design at Rhode Island School of Design. 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. The same year, he founded Occupant LLC, which includes both Occupant Press and Occupant Fonts.
Occupant Press promotes Highsmith’s books, illustrations, and limited-edition prints. Its first product was the alphabet book, Apple Bear Cat, created for his daughter. Highsmith’s illustrations have been licensed by Nike, alwayson.com, and Urban Graphic. He has created two children’s books for the Japanese publisher, Bunkeiduo. Galleries in North America and Japan have exhibited his prints.
Highsmith’s typefaces are available from Occupant Fonts, Occupant’s typographic division. His designs have won awards in international competitions and from the Type Directors Club and AIGA. They have been selected by designers at Ford Motor Company, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, México’s El Universal, Martha Stewart Living, and starwars.com.