Staff Profile:Dr Fiona Ross

Dr Fiona Ross
Job Title:
Associate Professor

Lecturer in non-Latin typeface design on MA Typeface Design programme; Lecturer in research methodology and academic writing skills for postgraduates; supervision of PhD students and KTP students.

Curator of the Non-Latin Type Collection including its maintenance as a growing resource for researchers and students, including the digital capture of original artefacts and the development of digital databases to form on-line resources.

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Fiona has a background in languages and from 1978 to 1989 worked for Linotype Limited (UK) and was responsible for the design of Linotype's non-Latin fonts and typesetting schemes. Since 1989 she has worked as a consultant, type designer, art director, and lecturer, and in 2003 joined the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading.

Her recent work as type designer has been in collaboration with Tim Holloway and John Hudson (as Associate Designer of Tiro Typeworks), notably on Adobe Arabic (TDC award 2006), Adobe Thai, Vodafone Hindi (TDC award 2008) and Adobe Devanagari (2009), Nirmala UI Devanagari (2011), Aldhabi (Perso-Arabic script, 2012) and Sarkar (Bengali script, 2012).

In addition to presenting conference papers and running workshops, Ross has co-curated six international exhibitions, written and contributed to books and numerous articles; her work and research is focused on (1) non-Latin typeface design: theory, history, practice; (2) design approaches to multi-script typeface design; (3) the relationship of tools and typefounding methods to the visible appearance of non-Latin typeforms.

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Related publications


Ross, Fiona and Singh, Vaibhav (eds) Non-Latin scripts: from hot-metal to digital type. London: St Bride Library (2012) 160 pages

Book chapters

Ross, F. 'Digital typeface design and font development for twenty-first century Bangla language processing', in Karim, M.A., Kaykobad, M. and Murshed, M. (eds) Pennsylvania: Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global: ) (2013) pp. 1-15

Ross, F. 'Non-Latin scripts: key issues in type design' in Ross, Fiona and Singh, Vaibhav (eds.) Non-Latin scripts: from hot-metal to digital type. London: St Bride Library (2012) pp. 125-153

Ross, F. 'The Linotype Non-Latin Collection, University of Reading', in Banham, R. and Ross, F. (eds) Non-Latin typefaces: at St Bride Library, London and Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading, London: St Bride Library (2008) pp. 32-62

Ross, F. and Shaw, G. 'An unexpected legacy and its contribution to early Indian typography'. Matrix, 7 (Winter, 1987); reprinted (with revisions) in Type and typography: highlights from Matrix, New Jersey: Mark Batty Publisher (2003) pp. 169-181

Ross, F. 'An approach to non-Latin type design' in Berry, J. (ed), Language Culture Type, New York: Association Typographique Internationale (2002) pp. 65-75

Ross, F. 'Non-Latin typesetting in the digital age' in Computers and Typography 2, compiled by Rosemary Sassoon, Bristol: Intellect Books (2002) pp. 42-53


Ross, F. 'Collaborative typeface design: Adobe Devanagari', in Briem, Gunnlauger , SE. (ed), The Briem Report: Letterforms 2012 (E-book publication: (2012) p. 175

Ross, F. The Oxford companion to the book, headword entry for 'Indian type' Oxford University Press, volume 2 (2010) p. 817t

Ross. F. 'Tamil PHS project: a brief report', Printing History News, Number 26, Birmingham: National Printing Heritage Trust, Printing Historical Society & the Friends of St Bride Library, (2010) p. 3


Certificate in Sanskrit, University of Tubingen; German BA Hons, University of Kent at Canterbury; Postgraduate Diploma Sanskrit with Pali, School of Oriental and African Studies;

PhD Indian Palaeography, SOAS.

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

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+44 (0) 118 378 4325

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