#btconf Düsseldorf, Germany 09 - 11 May 2016

David Jonathan Ross

David Jonathan Ross draws letters of all shapes and sizes for custom and retail typeface designs. He joined The Font Bureau in 2007, and his typefaces include Manicotti and Trilby, reversed stress slabs; Condor, a high contrast sans; Turnip, a rugged bookface; and Input, an extensive family designed for computer programming. David often shares his love of letters through lectures and workshops, and curates Retro Script L.A., a collection of cursive signage in his home town of Los Angeles.

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Cracking the Code

Reading a block of code is quite unlike reading a paragraph of text. Text is usually meant to be read, while code is meant to be scanned, parsed, edited, copied, pasted, tested, and debugged. As a result, the typography of programming is a relatively new and different typographic animal.

David will examine a world of typography where letters squeeze and stretch to fit in fixed-width spaces, and where a missing semicolon can be the difference between celebration and catastrophe. He'll review the evolution of monospaced typefaces from typewriters to terminals, review stand-out contemporary monospaced designs, and share his experience creating Input, a superfamily of fonts designed specifically for code. Finally, David will share some thoughts on how we can continue to create richer environments for programming typography.