New: Between by Akira Kobayashi for only $99* in an introductory offer

Already back in the 1990s, Japanese font designer Akira Kobayashi had the idea for Between, a DIN-like font that still had a humanist appearance and the right features for volume typesetting. The result now was the Between font family, which has three closely related [...]

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“Do it, with love. 100 Creative Essentials”

Creative advertising executive Frank Bodin published creative food for thought on his Twitter account every day for a year. The 100 best of these have now been published in the book “Do it, with love. 100 Creative Essentials”. The book, designed with the font Akko by Akira Kobayashi, serves as [...]

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New Condensed styles available
for the Akko font family

Condensed styles and matching italics were recently added to the Akko family, the popular font designed by Monotype Type Director Akira Kobayashi in 2011. All six weights of the clear and modern font family now have the additional, space-saving style. This makes Akko all the [...]

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New interview with Akira Kobayashi
about his font Akko

Font designer and Monotype Artistic Director Akira Kobayashi gave an interesting interview on Linotype.com about his font family Akko®. The conversation focused on the creation process as well as the applications and potential use of the friendly font. The designer devoted a great deal of time [...]

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DIN Next Condensed, now with italic styles: save 50% on the 14 styles in the DIN Next Condensed selection

The application potential of the technical and neutral design of the DIN Next has expanded and the font family is now even more flexible. The font design, created by Akira Kobayashi and Sandra Winter, now has matching italics for the existing seven Condensed styles (Ultra Light, Light, Regular, [...]

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Vialog adorns Japanese highway signs

Vialog, published in 2002 by Professor Werner Schneider and Helmut Ness, adorns many public systems, including the Munich public transportation system or the Spanish railway. Now it is also used for the English labeling of all Japanese highway signs. This was made possible through the collaboration of renowned [...]

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The new DIN Next Slab: Now even more design possibilities with the popular DIN Next

DIN Next is known for its subtle, technical and neutral character. Now Linotype has expanded the family with DIN Next Slab, lending the family of fonts even more creative leeway. Originally designed by engineers at the beginning of the 20th century, the DIN typeface was [...]

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The book “Hanzi Graphy” – a link between
Chinese and Latin script

Mario Takagi’s book “Hanzi Graphy” explores the connection between Chinese symbols – also known as hanzi – and the Latin alphabet. More precisely stated, the book attempts to create a typographic translation between the two font systems. These days, Chinese [...]

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Interview with Akira Kobayashi in
novum design magazine

The 10.13 issue of novum includes an interview with Akira Kobayashi, Type Director at Monotype, about the legibility and design of Neuen Frutiger 1450, which was created specifically with the new DIN standard 1450 in mind. The DIN norm gives [...]

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Designing a Black

Today I finally finished the blackest Black typeface that I have ever worked on, and what a relief!! Designing the extreme weights is always the hardest. An Ultra-Light has so little meat on its bones that there’s no hiding for [...]

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