David Jonathan Ross draws letters of all shapes and sizes for custom and retail typeface designs. He started making fonts during his time at Hampshire College in Western Massachusetts. He joined The Font Bureau in 2007, where he strives to build useful tools that challenge designers to confront the unique visual and technical demands of their text.
From slab serifs of the nineteenth century to computer terminals of the twentieth, he ransacks forgotten and pigeonholed lettering styles and searches for new approaches to the same old alphabet. He delights in finding ways to turn a “rule” of letter drawing on its head or to write a program that helps accomplish a difficult task.
His typeface releases include Manicotti and Trilby, reversed stress slab serifs; Condor, a high contrast sans; Turnip, a rugged bookface; and Input, an extensive family designed for computer programming.
David’s work has been recognized by the Type Directors Club and featured in the pages of Print and HOW magazines. He has taught typeface design at the Art Institute of Boston (now Lesley University College of Art and Design) and frequently shares his love of letters through lectures and workshops.
David currently lives in Los Angeles, where he curates Retro Script L.A., a collection of cursive signage in the city.