TypeJuly - Cyrus Highsmith (Occupant Fonts)

Thinking with your hands

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Thinking with your hands


From 27 June to 1st July 2022 (20 hours)
From 10 a.m. to 2.15 p.m. 




Letters, stencils, sketchbook, rabbits, monsters, drawing, no laptops, contour, edge, shape, thinking hand



Who can apply

Anyone can apply. Expertise limited mostly to the latin alphabet but students who want to explore additional writing systems are very welcome.

Knowledge/experience required

Lots of energy, an open mind, willingness to be present and participate.


€ 625 


Dates may be modified and courses may be canceled depending on the evolution of the pandemic.

Letters can be drawn in so many different ways. Cyrus Highsmith’s approach is based heavily on the importance of white space and sensitivity to shapes. It’s a method he applies to type design as well as image making of all kinds. For Highsmith, it’s a way of seeing the world. This workshop will be a messy, hands-on, and computer-free exploration of drawing, making, and thinking about letters.

TypeJuly - Cyrus Highsmith (Occupant Fonts)
TypeJuly - Cyrus Highsmith (Occupant Fonts)
TypeJuly - Cyrus Highsmith (Occupant Fonts)
TypeJuly - Cyrus Highsmith (Occupant Fonts)
TypeJuly - Cyrus Highsmith (Occupant Fonts)

The objective of this workshop is to create a memorable week of drawing letters and making art. It will culminate in a group exhibition of our work.

Cyrus Highsmith is a letter drawer, teacher, author, and graphic artist. He teaches type design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). 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. In 2017, he became Creative Director for Latin Type Development at Morisawa USA. He goes to bed very early.