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SKETCHES · April 15, 2008

As-Salāmu ’Alaykum (السلام عليكم)

Arabic calligraphy is the most beautiful calligraphic tradition in the world, in my opinion. The birth of my niece gave me an opportunity to try it myself. Above is a sketch I drew of her name in the kufic style. I liked how it came out until it was very politely pointed out to me that I had spelled it wrong. Back to the old drawing board, as they say.

INTERVIEWS · April 15, 2008

Typographica’s Interview with Cyrus Highsmith

“He has been called ‘one of the truly original new voices in American type design’ on account of his vast range of new typefaces, alongside numerous revivalist projects.”

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NEWS · April 8, 2008

Нужно ли нам больше шрифтов?

Zahar Yashchin has posted a Russian translation of a version my essay “No, There Are Not Enough Typefaces Already” published in the Type Directors Club winter 2008 publication, Letterspace.

Thanks to Maxim Zhukov for making the connections.

I like how it looks in Cyrillic.

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INTERVIEWS · April 3, 2008

Eye Magazine Profile: Cyrus Highsmith

“Type designer Cyrus Highsmith learnt the craft through both study and apprenticeship”

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INTERVIEWS · April 2, 2008

Newsweek Interviews Roger Black, Matthew Carter, and Sam Berlow

Fun with Fonts: In this video clip, Newsweek’s Jessica Bennett quizzes Roger Black on what the font you choose says about you.

Just Go to Helvetica: “Or at least to Verdana. Because without a signature font at the moment, you’ll never be letter-perfect.” Matthew Carter and Sam Berlow are quoted.

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SKETCHES · March 31, 2008

Providence, RI

Metropolis magazine invited various visual artists and writers to contribute to their March issue about local flavor. I was happy to send them an interpretation of my town, the ancient city of Providence, Rhode Island. There are also contributions from fellow letter-drawers Sibylle Hagmann, James Goggin, Elliott Earls, and Village.

SEEN AND NOTED · March 18, 2008

It was fun while it lasted. gives away all our trade secrets. Oh well...

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SKETCHES · March 17, 2008

What the heck is that?

As a letter drawer, my main materials are black and white. I don’t get many opportunities to work in color. That’s ok with me but a little change is also nice once in a while. I was happy to see some color around my desk this last week. Above is a detail from a drop shadow treatment for a logo I have been working on that included red, black, plus not just one but two shades of yellow. My eyes are confused but I think they like it.

NEW TYPE · March 6, 2008

New Fonts: Scout and FB Moderno

March 6, 2008. Boston

Font Bureau is excited to announce the release of two major new typefaces from our drawing studio - Scout and FB Moderno.


A fresh new sans serif, something always useful, Scout (and a related logotype) was drawn by Cyrus Highsmith, a senior type designer at Font Bureau, for Geraldine Hessler’s 2006 redesign of Entertainment Weekly. The 24 style family marks the magazine’s first significant typographic update in a decade. Scout created a new typographic identity for the magazine with a design that derives structural elements from both new and old: DIN, Venus, and Cairoli ...

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INTERVIEWS · February 25, 2008

Sam Berlow interviewed on NPR’s On The Media

Character Matters:

The fonts that presidential candidates select for their campaign logos reflect an important act of political branding. Sam Berlow of The Font Bureau Inc. says the logos all speak volumes about the candidates they represent.

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