Part 2 of 12
Fiona Ross: “Type: More Examined Than Ever”
Type Directors Club Type Drives Culture Conference 2019
SVA Theatre, New York City
March 1, 2019
Videotaping courtesy of Google
Type Drives Culture is the TDC’s annual one-day conference that reflects the changing face(s) of typography.
In this video, TDC Medalist Fiona Ross presents the keynote address and discusses her long career focused on affording visible voices to global linguistic communities.
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TYPE DRIVES CULTURE
The theme for 2019 was “Type: More _____ Than Ever”, an interactive concept that invites new voices to fill in the blank about the present and future of type.
Like many industries, typography and type design have long suffered from a lack of diversity and inclusion. But the doors are beginning to widen, revealing a pathway for new ideas, perspectives, and leaders.
With this year’s line up we’re pushing open those doors to feature as many diverse designers, global scripts, and regions as possible.
Watch all twelve videos to see two of the most influential typeface designers of the 21st century, Fiona Ross and Kris Holmes, along with a new generation of designers and thinkers who are making type more accessible, more global, and more exciting than ever before.
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DR. FIONA ROSS specializes in non-Latin type design and typography, having a background in languages with a PhD in Indian Palaeography (SOAS). From 1978 to 1989, she worked for Linotype Limited (UK), with responsibility for the design of their non-Latin fonts and typesetting schemes. Since 1989, she has worked as a consultant, author, lecturer, and type designer; her recent work as a designer has been in collaboration with Tim Holloway and John Hudson (as Associate Designer at Tiro Typeworks) for clients such as Ananda Bazar Patrika, Adobe, Microsoft and Harvard University Press. In 2003, Fiona joined the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication at the University of Reading (UK), where she is Associate Professor in Non-Latin Type Design (part-time) and Curator of the Department’s Non-Latin Type Collection.