David Jonathan Ross. Photo by Norman Posselt
The type designer David Jonathan Ross was born in LA, graduated from Hampshire College and says that today he can be found in the fields of Massachusetts. That’s where he ran two artist residences carrying out lectures, workshops, picnics, and hiking in March and October 2019.
Ross designs custom and retail fonts, seeking to solve a global task in each of his projects. When the task is impossible to solve graphically, he writes scripts and shares those on GitHub. He is also a curator of a collection of the cursive signs of Los Angeles.
Our storefront offers four of Ross’ projects, but he has designed way more typefaces, since he delivers a new font to the subscribers of the Font of the Month Club each month.
«All you need is fit»
Fit, which consists only of uppercase letters, will fill just any space with as much density
«Kinda like Helvetica, except for absolutely everything about it»
Before it actually appeared on Ross’ webpage, Forma DJR managed to go all the way from being a careful revival of the typeface from 1968 designed by Nebiolo studio to a weather forecast on VRT NWS as well as the covers of fancy magazines.
Forma, 1968 Tatler Hong Kong, design by Roger Black
Apart from the original, Forma DJR cares about the fashion for sans serifs with little letter spacing and rounded angles from the 1960s and the 1970s. For these subtleties not to be lost at very large and very small sizes, Forma comes in five optical sizes, from Micro (less than 8pt) to Banner (from 72pt).
Today Forma DJR offers 25 Cyrillic styles (+ a variable font), each coming with a set of Helvetica-style alternates. (After all, in 1968, Forma was created as an answer to Helvetica, among other things). Cyrillic was drawn by Jovana Jocić.
Reading code is a lot different than reading books
Input is a collection designed to satisfy any typographic needs of coders. Sans, Serif and Mono fonts will help make a complicated structure of a code clearer and more attractive visually, as well as slightly remind of the aesthetics of pixel fonts from the screens of first computers.
Input has large letter spacing and large punctuation which makes the font easier to read even on the screen filled with small-sized text. Don’t hesitate to use Input if you are writing a code
Alice Mary performance at London’s Apple Store, design by Wide Eye Studio Kamala Harris election campaign, design by Enem Studio
«The job of the type designer is to smooth out the awkwardness between circles and squares»
The retro-futuristic geometric sans named Megazoid is flexible and clumsy at the same