Typophiles, take note of these two exciting developments in Japan!
Started by four Japanese typophiles a few weeks ago, this English-language website is an online index to type foundries and vendors as well as a showcase of their type collections. The site brings together information on the latest typographic trends throughout the world and is sure to be a useful resource for designers, art directors, and type enthusiasts.
Typography (Graphic-sha Publishing Co., Ltd.)
Launched on May 7, this Japanese-language magazine is enjoying brisk sales. Below is an excerpt from the publisher’s launch announcement:
‘Typography covers the latest trends in typographic design in Japan and overseas. Published twice a year, the new magazine is dedicated to designers and other people who have keen interest in letters.
‘In its inaugural issue, the magazine showcases a lead article that highlights eye-catching artworks including Comedy Carpet by Gordon Young and Why Not Associates, winner of the Grand Prix at the Tokyo TDC Annual Awards 2012. The feature piece is entitled “Create Your Own Fonts!” and it explains how to design original fonts using such font software as Fontographer and FontLab Studio and sell them in the marketplace. The feature also includes an article by Akira Kobayashi, type director at Linotype GmbH, on type design and an article on the design and production process behind the Stevens Titling font family, which was released in May 2011.’