Onur Yazıcıgil was born and raised in Turkey and currently lives in Istanbul. He received his MFA in Visual Communications Design from Purdue University where he researched the evolution of humanist and grotesque types. During his stay in the United States he collaborated with the Purdue Theatre by creating animations for the 11th International Exhibition of Scenography and Theatre Architecture at the Prague Quadrennial in 2007. His further involvement with the theatre and performance arts resulted in his illustrating of the 2008-2009 season posters for Purdue Theatre.
He won the first prize in typographic design in 2007 from the Society of Typographic Arts in Chicago, and his posters were exhibited in the United States, Italy, South Korea and Turkey. He has spoken at TypeCon and ATypI and lectured on various topics in typography. At the moment, he is a faculty member at Sabancı University in the VCD department concentrating on typographic design and graphic design education. He has developed a multilingual typeface, Duru Sans, which is currently licensed by Sorkin Type Co. and is included in the Google Web Fonts directory. He is also co-creator of ISType™ Istanbul Type Seminars.