Staff Profile:Dr Fiona Ross
- Dr Fiona Ross
- Job Title:
- Associate Professor in Non-Latin Type Design
- Lecturer in non-Latin typeface design on MA Typeface Design programme; lecturer in research methodology and academic writing skills for postgraduates in Typography; supervision of PhD students and KTP associate; Curator of Non-Latin Type Collection that forms part of Lettering, Printing and Graphic Design Collections housed and maintained in the Typography Department.
- Areas of Interest:
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 and visiting 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).
In addition to presenting conference papers and running workshops, Fiona has co-curated three 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.
- Research groups / Centres:
Ross, F. (2009) The printed Bengali character and its evolution, 2nd revised edition, Kolkata: Sishu Sahitya Samsad ISBN 978-81-7955-184-9. 251 pages.
Banham, R. and Ross, F. (eds) (2008) Non-Latin typefaces: at St Bride Library, London and Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading, London: St Bride Library,
ISBN 0-9504161-5-0. 63 pages
Ross, F. (1999) The printed Bengali character and its evolution, Richmond: Curzon Press ISBN 0-7007-1135 X . 244 pages.
Ross, F. 'The Linotype Non-Latin Collection, University of Reading', in Banham, R. and Ross, F. (eds) (2008) Non-Latin typefaces: at St Bride Library, London and Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading, London: St Bride Library, 32-62
Ross, F. and Shaw, G. (2003) '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, 169-181
Ross, F. (2002) 'An approach to non-Latin type design' in Berry, J. (ed), Language Culture Type, New York: Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI), 65-75
- (2002) 'Non-Latin typesetting in the digital age' in Computers and Typography 2, compiled by Rosemary Sassoon, Bristol: Intellect Books, 42-53
Ross, F. (2010) The Oxford companion to the book, headword entry for 'Indian type', Oxford University Press, volume 2, p. 817
- (2010) '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, 3
- (2006) 'A design for Sri Lanka', Building Letters Three (tsunami edition), Prague, 20-23
- (2005) 'Beyond Latin, a glimpse into the subject of Arabic and Indic lettershapes and digital typeforms', Circular 13, London: Typographic Circle, 12-19
- (1998) 'Translating non-Latin scripts into type', Typography Papers 3. Reading: Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading, 75-86
- (1993) The Bengali types of Vincent Figgins' in Matrix 13 (Winter, 1993), Andoversford: Whittington Press, 205-212
- (1989) 'From metal type to digital letterforms - a straightforward transition for Indian scripts?' in Matrix 9 (Winter, 1989), Andoversford: Whittington Press, 129-136
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.