David Jonathan Ross designs typefaces. Since 2017, he's been refining one he calls Roslindale, in honor of the uniquely named neighborhood.
Roslindale is a serif typeface that follows in the footsteps of De Vinne, originally published in the 1890s by the Central Type Foundry and named for the famed nineteenth century printer. It’s an oldstyle that can’t shake its Victorian sensibilities, with sharp, stubby serifs, bulbous terminals, and the occasional hint of diagonal stress.
In text, you’ll find Roslindale to be stylish and sturdy; in display, it begins to flirt with the slickness of 1970s De Vinne interpretations like ITC Bernase.
Ross began looking at using De Vinne as the base for a font of his own at the recommendation of Nick Sherman, another typeface designer with local roots: Sherman once developed a font called Meatland, based on the logo of a butcher shop in Jamaica Plain's Jackson Square.
H/t Melanie DeCarolis in the Jamaica Plain Facebook group.