David Jonathan Ross

Hailing from Southern California, David started drawing type during his time at Hampshire College in Western Massachusetts. There he began a handful of designs, including a text and display series for the student newspaper and a funky Wild West font called Manicotti.

He joined The Font Bureau in 2007, where he draws letters of all shapes and sizes for custom and retail typeface designs. He strives to build useful tools that challenge designers to confront the visual and technical demands of their texts.

From reversed stress 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 work has been recognized by the Type Directors Club and featured in the pages of Print and HOW magazines. After a decade of living in New England, David recently relocated to sunny Venice, California. There he curates Retro Script L.A., a collection of connected script signage.