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 unique visual and technical demands of their text.

From reversed stress slab serifs of the nineteenth century to Art Deco sans serifs 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.

David teaches typeface design at The Art Institute of Boston. His work has been recognized by the Type Directors Club and featured in the pages of Print and HOW magazines. Right now, you will find David somewhere in the woods of New Hampshire, not too far from the Vermont border.

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