About Occupant FontsOC·CU·PANT
noun: occupant; plural noun: occupants
a person who resides or is present in a house, vehicle, seat, place, etc., at a given time
“Occupant” is an open-ended word. Anyone can be an occupant. It is a matter of what you’re occupying at any given moment. You can occupy Wall Street. You can occupy your apartment. You can occupy yourself. To be an occupant, you have to show up. We at Occupant Fonts, often referred to as “Occupants,” believe in being present and open-minded.
Occupancy implies a temporary stay, but this place can still be as much of a home as a permanent one. Three of us are migrants to the United States, and while we work with geographic flexibility, we are committed to the communities we live in. Typefaces occupy, engage, and express within spaces often structured by others. As type designers, we are present in the multiple places we reside.
Occupant Fonts is Cyrus Highsmith, June Shin, Cem Eskinazi, and Marie Otsuka. We are an international team of diverse backgrounds, hailing from Fort Atkinson, Seoul, İzmir, and Yokohama. We each speak at least two languages and have interests in many.
Founded by Cyrus Highsmith in 2015, Occupant Fonts is relatively young compared to his 20+ years of experience as a type designer. We joined Morisawa in 2017 to be the Japanese type company’s Latin alphabet counterpart. We focus on developing original typefaces.
Cyrus 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.
Cem is a Turkish graphic designer, type designer and educator. He holds a BS in Marketing Communications from Emerson College and an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. He teaches at both undergraduate and graduate levels at RISD. Outside of Occupant Fonts, he continues his own studio practice as a member of the Design Office. His favorite color is yellow.
June is a graphic and type designer based in New York City. After graduating from Cornell University with a BA in Art History, she studied graphic design at Parsons The New School and later RISD, where she received her master’s degree and now teaches. In addition to fonts, she enjoys graphic design and lettering projects. Her work has been recognized by Type Directors Club, Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, and more. She was not born in June.
Marie is a type designer, graphic designer, and programmer. In addition to designing type, she works on tool engineering at Occupant Fonts. She also collaborates with a range of organizations as a designer/developer. Marie holds an MFA in Graphic Design from RISD and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago. She packs lunch every day.
Nic is a systems designer, computer researcher, and project manager. While studying computer science at Brown University, he founded a multidisciplinary design studio in Providence, RI, where he led a wide range of design projects. He started working with Occupant Fonts in 2019 to manage studio projects and prototype tools at the computational frontier of type drawing. He does math on weekends.