Dave Nalle was born in Beirut, Lebanon while his parents were serving in the diplomatic service. His early childhood was spent all over the Middle East in countries like Syria, Iran and Jordan. His family eventually returned for two tours of duty in Washington DC before being sent abroad again. During his teens they lived in England and ultimately in the Soviet Union.
Dave was educated at American and British schools overseas, eventually completing high school at St. Albans School in Washington DC. From there he went to Franklin and Marshall College where he earned degrees in English and History. At F&M he headed the student chapter of Students for a Libertarian Society and worked as a regional organizer for the Ed Clark presidential campaign in 1980. During and after college Dave had a variety of political staff jobs in Washington, including working for Al Gore at the Congressional Clearinghouse on the Future as a newsletter editor, at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and as publications director for Students for a Libertarian Society, where he edited and wrote for Liberty magazine.
While still working as a freelance writer and editor, Dave moved to Texas to attend graduate school at the University of Texas. He earned two graduate degrees at UT and ended up teaching college history in Austin for more than a decade. Graphic design experiences and his graduate research on historical calligraphy eventually led to an interest in digital type design, particularly in the area of antique type and fonts based on historical hand lettering.
In 1989 Dave founded The Scriptorium, a small company which produces original type designs and markets graphic design resources. Some of his early typeface designs were remarkably successful as shareware, and with the advent of the world wide web The Scriptorium has become a solidly profitable small business, selling fonts and other digital design resources worldwide to many major advertisers, designers and publishers. If you pick up a book, a video, a CD or a magazine, there’s an ever-increasing chance you’ll find one of his font designs lurking somewhere on it. Some of his coups include the selection of his fonts for a Disney theme park in Japan and as the official fonts for all the merchandising for the Lord of the Rings movies.
Dave has remained politically active, serving on the board of the Republican Liberty Caucus, as a GOP convention delegate, and running for State Representative in 2002. He’s currently president of his local Lions Club. His book of social commentary, Hollidays and Horrors is due out this fall from Octavo Press. His fiction, poetry, reviews and critical articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines all over the world.
Dave’s wife Patricia is a native Texan. They have a 16 year old daughter Caroline and a 6 year old Katie. They live just east of Austin in a conveniently located rural community with easy access to the city.