Illustrator Curves and Type import into Maya


Use Adobe Illustrator to create typography

Convert text to outlines. Type->Create Outlines
Save as Illustrator V8 or earlier. 
File Save As...
Input a name
Click Save
Version Illustrator 8

In Maya
Use File->Import to bring in the illustrator file in Maya.

Maya Type
Maya also has a Typography Tool
Edit all the options in the Attribute Editor under the type1 tab