Hermann Zapf

Hermann Zapf

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Akira Kobayashi

Akira Kobayashi

Studied at 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...
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Toshi Omagari

Toshi Omagari

Toshi Omagari is a type designer born in Japan. After graduating from Musashino Art University in Tokyo, he went on to study typeface design at the University of Reading in 2010–2011. Since then, he has been working full-time as a typeface designer in the UK. He won the Modern Cyrillic competition 2014 with Marco, and received TDC Certificate of Excellence in Type Design 2014 with Metro Nova. He also translates typographical contents of all kinds of media to Japanese, such as Fred Smeijers’s Counterpunch, Doug Wilson’s Linotype: the film, and Georg Seifert’s Glyphs, the font editor.
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