David S. Rose, President of The Typophiles, is a letterpress printer and graphic designer as well as a noted book collector, writer and teacher on the subject of printing history and typography. He is best known in printing circles as the author of the Introduction to Letterpress Printing, the #1 ranked Internet site on the subject, according to Google. He began working with type in the book arts program at Yale University, where as an undergraduate he was a recipient of Yale’s Lohmann Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Printing and Design as well as the Van Sinderen Book Collecting Prize for his collection on printing and typography. He was also awarded a Robert C. Bates Traveling Fellowship to study the fine presses, binderies and printing museums of Europe.
After establishing his first press in New York in the early 1980’s he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Center for Book Arts where he taught on the subject of the History of Printing. He later served as a manager of Compuserve’s online Book Collecting and Macintosh Graphics forums. In 2001, he established the Five Roses Press to produce fine limited edition letterpress works. Its inaugural production was a large-format broadside for The Typophiles concerning Theodore Low De Vinne’s views on type design.
Beginning with the third release of the Fontographer electronic type design application, he authored an annotated historical bibliography of typography expanding on some of his earlier published work, which has been updated and included with each successive version of the program. The bibliography is based on his personal collection of historical printing and typography manuals, which currently comprises over 5,000 volumes.
For over twenty years he has continued to be closely involved with the book arts at Yale, where he was appointed an Associate Fellow of Pierson College, serves as perpetual Scribe of the Honorable Company of College Printers, founded the Carl Purington Rollins Foundation, and is the Advisor to the Pierson/Davenport Book Arts Center. In addition to the Typophiles, he is a member of the Amalgamated Printers' Association, the American Printing History Association and the Grolier Club (to which he was nominated by Joseph Blumenthal.) He is also a member of the Westchester Chappel of letterpress printers and was one of the designers from over 20 countries who contributed to the Font Aid II: September 11 font.
Although imortalized by the late Isaac Asimov as the title charcter in his story The Printer, David Rose has numerous interests outside the typography field, in the academic, eleemosynary and business arenas. As an entrepreneur and high technology executive, he was named by Inc. magazine to the 1998 Inc. 500 list as CEO of one of the fastest growing private companies in America. A native New Yorker, he has a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University, and is profiled in Marquis Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. He has been honored as a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the New York New Media category, and has been profiled in numerous magazines including Time, BusinessWeek, Infoworld, Red Herring, Crain’s New York Business, Wireless, and The Industry Standard.He currently serves on the boards of directors of organizations including People for the American Way Foundation (Washington, DC), The Millennium Society (Washington, DC), and the 92nd Street YM-YWHA (New York, NY), and as an advisor to the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (New York, NY).