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April 11, 2007
Steven Heller, art director/author/co-author/editor/etc, asked me some interesting questions about type design. I mumbled some responses. Somehow he was able to edit it all into a coherent interview for the online publication Voice: AIGA Journal of Design. Check it out!
One of the things I have struggled with as a type designer is explaining what I do for a living. This was especially true when I was starting out. I might be at a party with my girlfriend, now my wife, and we would be meeting some new people for the first time. At some point, one of these people would ask, “So Cyrus, what is your job?” I lived in particular fear of this question. I knew it would involve a lot of explanation about what a typeface is, how drawing them really is my job, and that it ...
The history of screen fonts is also the history of electronic authoring, design and publishing on computers. For over 30 years, from early electronic publishing, to the Internet of publishing today, screen fonts have proved of growing concern to users and publishers. What’s good? Or more appropriately: What are good options that should be available to users? Or to “Our” users?
Personal computers began with aliased screen fonts, otherwise known as black and white, or just plain bitmaps. In the mid-90’s Adobe introduced a version of Adobe Type Manager which produced anti-aliased type. Then in 1999, as Apple released its tenth operating system, anti-aliased type came to the Mac. Microsoft announced its own anti-aliased type rendering in 1999, then included various anti-aliasing options in Windows starting in 2002, and now, Microsoft’s most recent OS release contains anti-aliased type by default and a collection of fonts made especially for the purpose.
NEW TYPE ·
January 4, 2007
January 4, 2007. Boston.
Happy New Year from Font Bureau, Inc. To ring in 2007, we are proud to present two new families by Cyrus Highsmith:
ANTENNA - a Sans Serif in 28 styles
The calm and deliberation of Antenna offers further development to the excitement and mobility that we have come to expect from the hand of Cyrus Highsmith. Beyond the tension of his normal line, Highsmith places a new emphasis on the repeat and variation of counter shapes with the spaces between characters. Antenna’s rhythms project business-like subtleties through seven weights in four widths, with matching italics; FB ...
January 3, 2007
Cyrus Highsmith’s Novia was one of only two digital fonts selected by AIGA to be included in the Typographic Design section of its annual competition 365. The corresponding exhibit is currently on display in New York.
Some of the judges’ comments about Novia:
“Very delicate and very confident”
January 2, 2007
Matthew Carter and Cyrus Highsmith close out HOW’s special Typography issue with dual interviews in the Double Vision section.
NEW TYPE ·
December 11, 2006
December 11, 2006 Boston
Font Bureau is proud to unveil two new families by Cyrus Highsmith, drawn for Entertainment Weekly, and Men’s Health. Both redesigns hit the stands within a week of one another.
Geraldine Hessler commissioned EW Sans and an updated logo to match for her redesign of Entertainment Weekly. The large family marks the magazine’s first significant typographic change in a decade, replacing the long running Bureau Grot. EW Sans visually updates the magazine for today’s age of on-demand content downloaded for portable media players or high definition plasma screens.
August 8, 2006
August 8, 2006. Boston
Font Bureau, Inc. is proud to announce the release of Bureau Grot, an expansion to long-time favorite Bureau Grotesque. The 15 new styles, including heavier weights and new widths, add to the nineteenth-century sans family first developed by David Berlow in 1989.
With the 2006 release, Font Bureau replaces the “numerical” width-weight system of the 1993 FB Grotesque series with “names” instead, as most software programs require. To improve menu access to these longer names, “Bureau Grotesque” has been shortened to the already familiar “Bureau Grot.” The 2006 release will substitute for the corresponding style from ...
May 23, 2006. Boston
Font Bureau, Inc. is proud to release Quiosco, an original news text family by Cyrus Highsmith.
Kiosk in Spanish is Quiosco, the name of a text series (after Prensa) designed by Cyrus Highsmith that follows W.A. Dwiggins in deliberately contrasting character outline with the counter shape. Highsmith addresses the narrow news column by bringing new life to the forms of a newspaper text face while adding nothing to character width. Quiosco permits more compact wordspaces with no loss of readability.
Quiosco is the fifth addition to Font Bureau’s Readability Series, a suite of graded ...
NEW TYPE ·
February 21, 2006
February 21, 2006. Boston
Font Bureau, Inc. is proud to release Escrow, a new display family by Cyrus Highsmith.
When color appeared on the front page of The Wall Street Journal in 2002, it was also newly dressed in Escrow. Highsmith’s scotch roman was heralded as the “spectacular singular element that holds the whole [redesign] together” by Design Director Joe Dizney. Available in five weights and three widths, with accompanying text styles. 44 styles total.
For more information or to request a press kit, please email email@example.com or call Harry Parker or Robb Ogle at 617 423 ...