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Akira Kobayashi

Akira Kobayashi

Upon graduating from Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Akira Kobayashi began his career as a type designer at Sha-Ken Co., Ltd. in 1983. After working for six years at Sha-Ken, he went to London in 1989 to study calligraphy and typography. On his return to Japan in 1990, he entered Jiyu-Kobo, Ltd. and engaged in designing and digitizing the Japanese fonts Hiragino Mincho and Hiragino Gothic until 1993. From 1993 to 1997 he worked for TypeBank Co., Ltd., where he designed Latin typefaces to accompany the foundry’s digital Japanese fonts. From 1997 to 2001 he worked as a freelance designer and won numerous international awards for his typefaces.

After completing the design of the Latin alphabet to accompany Type Project’s Axis Japanese fonts in 2000, Akira moved to Germany in 2001 to assume his present position at Linotype GmbH (currently Monotype GmbH). As type director he controls the aesthetic quality of in-house typefaces, creates digital versions of classic type families, and develops corporate fonts, while designing his own typefaces. He has also collaborated with the two world-renowned designers of Adrian Frutiger and Hermann Zapf to modernize their earlier type designs.

Akira is a frequent speaker at type conferences and workshops in Europe, Americas and Asia, and has served as a judge in prestigious international type design competitions.

Major awards:
• U&lc Type Design Competition, Best in Category and Best of Show: Clifford (1998)
• Linotype Library’s 3rd International Digital Type Design Contest,
1st Prize in the Text Category: Conrad (2000)
• Type Directors Club TDC2 Award:
ITC Woodland (1998), ITC Japanese Garden and ITC Silvermoon (1999), Clifford (2000), Linotype Conrad (2001), and Palatino Sans (with Hermann Zapf, 2007)

Adrian Frutiger, Akira Kobayashi and Akaki Razmadze
Linotype 1988
52 styles from $49
Akira Kobayashi, Nadine Chahine, Linotype Design Studio, Sandra Winter and Kimya Gandhi
Monotype 2009
68 styles from $49
Adrian Frutiger, Akira Kobayashi, Nadine Chahine, Anuthin Wongsunkakon, Kimya Gandhi, Mahendra Patel, Akaki Razmadze, Pria Ravichandran, Yanek Iontev, Frutiger Adrian, Kobayashi Akira and The Monotype Studio
Linotype 2009
55 styles from $65
Akira Kobayashi, Jackson Burke and Tom Grace
Linotype 1948
17 styles from $49
Akira Kobayashi
Linotype 2011
36 styles from $49
Akira Kobayashi, Tom Grace and Sandra Winter
Monotype 2014
14 styles from $49
Akira Kobayashi and Hermann Zapf
Linotype 2002
20 styles from $89
Adrian Frutiger, Akira Kobayashi and The Monotype Studio
Monotype 2018
10 styles from $179
Akira Kobayashi, Monotype Design Studio and Sabina Chipara
Monotype 2017
12 styles from $35
Akira Kobayashi
Linotype 2009
9 styles from $89
Akira Kobayashi, Max Miedinger and Linotype Design Studio
Linotype 2011
8 styles from $65
Adrian Frutiger and Akira Kobayashi
Linotype 2008
20 styles from $79
Adrian Frutiger and Akira Kobayashi
Linotype 2013
8 styles from $65
Akira Kobayashi and Sandra Winter
Monotype 2009
4 styles from $49
Akira Kobayashi and Sabina Chipara
7 styles from $49
Akira Kobayashi
FontFont 1999
6 styles from $49
Akira Kobayashi, Aldo Novarese, Linotype Design Studio and Terrance Weinzierl
Linotype 2008
50 styles from $49
Akira Kobayashi, Nadine Chahine and Isao Suzkuki
Monotype 2017
27 styles from $65
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