The Beatrice Warde Memorial Lecture

Adventures in Episodic Type Design

With David Jonathan Ross

Thursday 17th October 2024

St Bride Foundation and Online via Zoom

In-person time (BST):

Doors/bar: 18:15pm

Talk starts: 19:00pm

Talk ends: 20:30pm

In-person tickets: £9.00, £12.00, £14.00

Online time (BST):


Online tickets: £6.00, £8.00

Please note: Ticket sales end at 16:00pm on the day of the talk. You will be emailed the Zoom link for the talk at 18:00pm GMT on the day of the talk. We will also send the link to all in-person ticket holders in case they are unable to attend and would like to join virtually.

Book tickets HERE

Seven years ago, David Jonathan Ross decided to stop releasing fonts the old fashioned way, and started emailing a new font out to his friends and colleagues each and every month. He is the first to admit that a Font of the Month Club is a goofy and impractical idea, but it is one that he takes very seriously. In this talk, David will share how this chunkification of his process into monthly missives has streamlined his workflow, redefined his business, and created opportunities to make the kinds of fonts he wants to make (even if that doesn't happen to align with what the market is demanding).

David Jonathan Ross draws letters of all shapes and sizes for custom and retail typeface designs from his studio in the woods of Western Massachusetts. A native of Los Angeles, he began drawing typefaces at Hampshire College and joined The Font Bureau in 2007 where he honed his bézier-wrangling skills. Now he publishes his typeface designs at his own foundry, DJR, as well as developing unusual display faces for his Font of the Month Club.

This lecture is sponsored by: 

Commercial Type 

Just Another Foundry 


Type Together

We would also like to thank Google and The Wynkyn de Worde Society Charitable Trust for their generosity in sponsoring this lecture.