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Type design in Japan
Free pixelized fonts by Yuji Oshimoto: the 04b family. Postscript and truetype, PC and Mac. Japanese designer of Beech (psychedelic), Broccoli, Beech, Chicory, Carrot, Sixgun (dot font) and Horseradish. Alternate URL. Alternate URL. Another URL.
A Spoonful of Sugar
ACAF stands for Ascender Compact Asian Fonts. Their blurb at the launch in 2006: ACAF uses proprietary techniques to render the complex ideographs found in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK) scripts. By using component outlines, versus entire character outlines, ACAF offers significant benefits over standard TrueType or OpenType font formats. And unlike other compact font formats, such as stroke or stick fonts, the quality of Ascender Compact Asian Fonts is such that no embedded bitmaps are necessary for typical screen sizes. This savings in space by reusing pierces of font outlines is useful for high quality (scalable) fonts on mobile devices and digital TVs. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Singapore, Acra is a brand designer based in Tokyo specializing in typography, calligraphy and letterforms. In 2017, she attended Torinoumi Osamu's one-year Japanese Type Design Program, Mojijuku (a Japanese type design course) where she created her first Japanese font for Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. In 2019, she participated in the Type@Paris intensive course, and that resulted in the friendly serif typeface Companion, which was designed for use in small sizes, and, in particular, for typesetting information in food labels.
Major Japanese free font foundry with techno, katakana, hiragana, comic book Latin, techno and game fonts. List: NiseAirTrix, NiseAlienFront, NiseAstroCity, NiseChuChu, NiseColumns, NiseEnduroRacer, NiseEswat, NiseGalaxyForce, NiseGameGear, NiseGenesis, NiseGreatestNine02, NiseGunstarHeroes, NiseHangOn, NiseHornet1994, NiseHornet1997, NiseIchidantRK, NiseIsao, NiseJSRF, NiseJoypolis, NiseKidChameleon, NiseKnuckles, NiseMarkIII, NiseMegaDriveEU, NiseMegaDriveK, NiseOverWorks, NisePico, NiseR360, NiseRoboPitcherK, NiseSG1000, NiseSGGG, NiseSega, NiseSegaK, NiseSegaKara, NiseSegaKn, NiseSegaNet, NiseSegaRosso, NiseSegaSaturn, NiseSegaSports, NiseSegaSports2k, NiseSegaSports2k1, NiseSegaSports2k2, NiseSegaSports2k3, NiseShiningD, NiseShinobi1987, NiseSonic, NiseSonicBattle, NiseSonicIcon, NiseSonicK, NiseSonicKb, NiseSonicShuffle, NiseSpaceHarrier, NiseSuperHangOn, NiseTantRK, NiseTera, NiseTheDead, NiseThunderBlade, NiseUfoCatcher, NiseVFkids, NiseWonderMega, NiseZaxxon, NiseZillion, NiseHotRod, NiseMajorLeague, NiseMegaDriveBR, NiseSegaSonic. [Google] [More] ⦿
Add (Aoki Digital Design)
Geometrically strong fonts by Atsushi Aoki: AddFatMan, Shade, Speedy, Round, Steel, Line, Rusty, Loops, Shark (not free), WASP (not free), Jazz, IronPoint7, StandardBitmapPoint9. Mac type 1 and Windows truetype. Font names: AddCityboyNormal, AddElectricCity, AddFatMan, AddJazz, AddLGBitmap09, AddLine, AddLoopsNormal, AddMBitmap06, AddRusty, AddShade, AddSniperNormal, AddSpeedy, AddStandardBitmap (2011), AddStarSugarNormal, AddStarSugarOblique, AddSteel, AddWBitmap09, Addround. Font Pavilion sells AddWasp (1999). He designed PointN (1999) at Digitalogue in their DPI72 series. Alternate URL. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese foundry with a nice web presence. Free original fonts made in 2000 and 2001 by "Gurucho": Spiral-Bitmap, TeaPot, XSquare, XSquare-Katakana, XSquare-Lite. Most of these fonts are either pixel fonts or inspired by the pixel movement. Teapot (2001-2006) is an informal sans. Hosobiki (2005) is a paperclip font. N.E.L. (2007) is a sans face. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese site with one original free font each week. Some fonts are great, such as 5&up-Namco, 5&up-Airport, 5&up-KC, 5&up-Peanuts, and 5&up-Sega. There are also hiragana fonts for free. Designer: Katsuya Nakamura. Dead link! [Google] [More] ⦿
Akira Hayashi (Ainezunouzu) is the Japanese designer of the experimental Latin fonts UzuAutotwo, UzuBalloonO, UzuBalloon, UzuBiscuit, UzuBmp01_06 (pixel), UzuCheeseO, UzuCheese, UzuCracker and UzuRenga. He also made the handwritten kanji fonts UzuPen, UzuPencil, UzuKaku, UzuMaru, UzuFace, UzuOfTsuchiyaB, UzuOfTsuchiya, UzuFude. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese free font maker specializing mainly in pixel fonts, kana, kanji, Latin. A partial list of their fonts, all made in 2004: 53SeedExtended, 53Veda, 53VedaExtended, 55Kana, 55KanaExtended, 75Naga, 75NagaExtended, 76NagaBold, 76NagaBoldExtended, 88Zen. [Google] [More] ⦿
Commercial Japanese truetype fonts (kanji) by Masahiro Suzuki. He also published some Japanese typefaces at FONT1000.
Japanese type designer, b. Fukuoka, 1989. She graduated from the Design Department, College of Art, Nihon University. In 2012, she joined Fontworks Inc. Her first typeface, PalRamune, was released in 2017. [Google] [More] ⦿
Akipon Design House
Akipon Design House is the studio of type designer Aki Toyoshima, who used to work at FONT1000 in New York. She won an award at TDC2 2011 for her minimalist Japanese type family simply called News.
Other (exquisite!) Japanese typefaces by her include Aki (2004, FONT1000), Kikori (20009, FONT1000), Tsurumaru (2008, FONT1000), Omusubi (2007, FONT1000), Suzume (2006, FONT1000) and Andante (2005, FONT1000).
For a project, he created the Latin poster typeface Midsummer Nights Dream.
His typeface Ensoku (2013-2014) won an award at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2014. Aki won the Gold Medal in the kanji category for Natsume in 2016 at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2016. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in 1960 in Niigata, Japan. Studied at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo. He also studied calligraphy at the London College of Printing. He became a freelance designer in 1997. Akira Kobayashi, who was based in Tokyo prior to his move to the Franfurt area, is an accomplished type designer who has created numerous typefaces for Sha-Ken, Dainippon Screen (where he made the kanji font Hiragino Mincho), TypeBank (from 1993-1997), ITC and Linotype, where he is Type Director since 2001. Interview. His numerous awards include the Type Directors Club awards in 1998 (ITC Woodland), 1999 (the art deco styled ITC Silvermoon, and ITC Japanese Garden), and 2000 (FF Clifford), the 1999 Kyrillitsa award for ITC Japanese Garden, the 3rd International Digital Type Design Contest by Linotype Library (for the informal and quirky 4-style Linotype Conrad (1999): Linotype states that Kobayashi took his inspiration from a print typeface of the 15th century created by two German printers named Konrad Sweynheim and Arnold Pannartz), and the 5th Morisawa International Typeface Competition (in which he received an Honourable Mention for his typeface Socia Oldstyle). CV at bukvaraz. Interview in 2006. His typefaces:
Speaker at ATypI 2012 in Hong Kong: Rounded sans in Japan.
Akira Uchida (Hitachi, Ltd. and TypeBank Co, Ltd) developed a very useful free full Latin/Kanji/unicode "didone style" font called XANO-mincho-U32 (2003). Opentype included. A thing of beauty. Direct download. He also made another full (free) didone-style unicode font, Kandata (2004). Here you can download his Tsuitiku-Kana family from 2004 until 2005. [Google] [More] ⦿
Original fonts for Mac and PC, mostly Latin letters, but also a few kana typefaces: AKAkubit12H, AKElephant3, AKMyPrince (2004), AKOsaruH, AKOsaruR, AK-Keroyon (2003, alphadings), Akubin (handwriting), AKAppriqueBlack, AKANGEL, AKAppliqueWhite, AKUNCIAL, AKCalligraphy, 09Keroyon (2004), AK Jelly Beans (2004), AK-Piyoko (2004, egg dingbats), AK woopaa, AK Roopaa, AK-Halloween (2004, dings), AK Sweet Prison (2004, Fraktur), AK-BlackCastle (blackletter, 2004), AK-WinterYawns (2004, winter dings). AK-Shanghai 1930 (2005), AK-Japonesque (2005), AK-My Baby (2005, child dingbats), KS Lovers (2007, handwritten Latin and kana). In 2008, they stopped offering free fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
Great Unicode jump page. Has a page showing all fonts that support the various Unicode ranges. Check, for example, his Shavian Unicode sub-page. Unicode font utilities. Some font downloads, including the Unicode font MPH Damase (2005, Mark Williamson). [Google] [More] ⦿
Allen Vincent Hershey
The Amazon fonts can be freely downloaded. They consist of:
Free downnloads of Ahem, Clockopia, DroidSans-Bold, DroidSans, DroidSansFallback, DroidSansFallback, DroidSansHebrew, DroidSansJapanese, DroidSansMono, DroidSansThai, DroidSerif-Bold, DroidSerif-BoldItalic, DroidSerif-Italic, DroidSerif, MotoyaLCedar-W3-90ms-RKSJ-H, MotoyaLMaru-W3-90ms-RKSJ-H. Droid (2007) and Clockopia (2009) are by by Google (2007) and Motoya is by Motoya Corporation (2010). Ahem (2010, Todd Fahrner) is for the CSS Samurai's browser testing. Motoya was created for mobile machines. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria who created Rising Typeface in 2013, for which he took inspiration from samurai warriors. Artyca (2013) is Gill Sans, adapted to various symbologies. In 2015, he designed the minimalist hipster typeface Nara, which is inspired by the architecture of Japan's second historical period known as Nara. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese outfit that made some free experimental and/or techno Latin fonts in 2008 and 2009: Angelica, Apricot, Celery, Citronella, Durian, Elder, Feijoa (dotted), Flax, Heliotrope, Liquorice (dotted), LoveApple, Mandarin, Marsh, Melissa (dotted), Paprika, Rosemary. Sorrel (puffy) was published in 2010. [Google] [More] ⦿
Wernau (was: Wendlingen), Germany-based Anke Arnold's free fonts: aa QWERTZ-Tasten (2012: German keyboard font), aa Halftone (2012: texture face), aa Tafelschrift (2012, school font), Car Go Frame (2011), Car-Go Plain (2011, modeled after German license plate lettering), Typo Garden (2010, alphadings), 80er Teenie Demo (2009), Acki Preschool (2009), Just Another Stamp (2009), Firlefanz (2009, curly letters), Pixelstitch (2006), AnkeHand (2003), Hole-Hearted (2003, Gill Sans with hearts), KRITZEL (scratchy pen), MilkyWay, FrightNight, Eminenz (2002), Scribble, Skribus, Why, TooLazyToPractice, XXX, CheapInkkilledmyPrinter, Storch (alphadings), Alexandras-Stempelkasten, Anatevka-Caps, BulletMix, Catwalk, Duke, Dukeplus (2000, blackletter), Riddleprint, Anke-Print, AnkeCalligraph, Titanic, Wasser, butterbrotpapier, distracted-musician, dyslexic, manko, quixotic, verrutscht, zladdi, barcoded, BulletMix2, CAR-GO-2, Fortunaschwein (nice curly script; no punctuation or numbers), Round, BigBrothers&Sisters, BoringLesson, CrimesceneAfterimage, Incognitype (old typewriter), Jenna'sPopsicles, Japanese Brush (1996), Knuffig (2000), MonkyBusiness, Olympia2000, Samba, Dandelion, Kritzel (2003, scratchy hand), Krystal (2000, snow simulation typeface based on Gill Sans), Nervous, ParryHotter (2001, a Harry Potter blackletter face), Pffft, Tschiroki, Heart2Heart (heart alphadings), Anke Sans.
Free handwritten full kanji (anzumoji) fonts made by Kyoko: Anzu, APJapanesefontPrecocity, APJapanesefontPrecocityT, APJapanesefont, APJapanesefontF, APJapanesefontK, APJapanesefontT. [Google] [More] ⦿
Vendor of Mac and PC fonts for several languages and from a variety of companies, active ca. 1999. The fonts covered Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Urdu, Tamazight, Turkish, Greek, Indic, Thai, Eastern European, and Korean. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ichihara is the Japanese designer of Heartfont (2005, alphadings) and the destructionist typeface DESERT AREA-Q (2005). Dafont link. Yet another URL. Yet another URL. Fontspace link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Taiwanese font company in Taipei. In 1999, they donated four TrueType fonts to the Open Source community under the Arphic public license. These four fonts consist of two Sung type typefaces and two Kai type typefaces, each for traditional and simplified Chinese: bkai00mp.ttf (AR PL KaitiM Big5), # # P L # # Big5 (14148) bsmi00lp.ttf (AR PL Mingti2L Big5), gkai00mp.ttf (AR PL KaitiM GB), gbsn00lp.ttf (AR PL SungtiL GB).
It sells the UniFonts 2000 package, as well as an XPDF font pack. Many of the free Chinese fonts on the web originate from Arphic. For example, here, one could download these fonts from 1998: Arphic-Mingti2-Light-BIG5, HerSin-Medium, InnMing-Bold, InnMing-Extra, InnMing-Heavy, InnMing-Medium, InnMing-Ultra, MaokaiEG-Bold-Big5, MaokaiEG-Extra-Big5, MaokaiEG-Heavy-Big5, NewGothic-Bold, NewGothic-Extra, NewGothic-Heavy, NewGothic-Light, NewGothic-Medium, OvlapRound_Outline-Ultra, PensinkaiEG-Light-Big5, PensinkaiEG-Medium-Big5, Pop1-Bold, Pop2EG-Bold-Big5, Pop3EG-Extra-Big5, Pop3EG-Medium-Big5, Pop3EG-Medium-Big565329, ShanHeiSun-Light, ShanheisunEG-Bold-Big5, ShanheisunEG-Medium-Big5, SingkaiEG-Bold-Big5, SingkaiEG-Light-Big5, StdKai-Medium, StdMing-Medium, StdkaiEG-Bold-Big5, StdkaiEG-Light-Big5, StdsungEG-Bold-Big5, StdsungEG-Heavy-Big5, StdsungEG-Light-Big5, TankuinEG-Bold-Big5, YankaiEG-Heavy-Big5, YankaiEG-Ultra-Big5, YenRound-Bold, YenRound-Extra, YenRound-Heavy, YenRound-Light, YenRound-Medium, YenRound-Ultra, ZuinnEG-Medium-Big5. Their Japanese fonts are sold by Dex Web. FireFly, a Taiwanese company, maintains the free font AR PL New Sung (2004), which was originally an Arphic font. Monotype sells many fonts, such as the sake barrel font Arphic PKanteiryu JIS. Alternate URL.
In 2018, they published the multilingual (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and many other languages) font Jing Xi Hei (+Hair, +Thin, very nice weights), AR DC Qing Yuan, AR DC HY Jian Wei, AR Fang Xin Shu.
Typefaces from 2019: AR Shu Yuan Song.
People presently involved with Arphic include Teresa Mou (senior font designer), Jeff Wu (Genral manager), Grace Yang, Judy Lee (senior font designer), Edwina Lee (strategic cooperation manager), August Lan (head of Font Wizard), and Kaku Kuo (team leader and font designer). Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Four high-quality Chinese TrueType fonts generously provided by Arphic Technology (Taipei, Taiwan) to the Free Software community under the "Arphic Public License". The four free Chinese truetype fonts are about 10MB each: ZenKai-Medium, BousungEG-Light-GB, GBZenKai-Medium, ShanHeiSun-Light. Alternate URL. One more site. Yet another URL. This site has a file called fireflysung, which has the full Chinese font AR PL New Sung (1994-1999). CTAN download site. The license states: Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document, but changing it is forbidden. So I am hosting the fonts on my site: Download these fonts: AR-PL-KaitiM-Big5, AR-PL-KaitiM-GB, AR-PL-Mingti2L-Big5, AR-PL-SungtiL-GB. A large zip file with these fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
Art and Fonts by Sean (aka The BlackBox)
Free fonts by Sean Moldenhauer of Michigan City, Indiana, a graduate of the Art institute of Chicago who apprenticed with Donna Karen. Sean has beautiful Japanese calligraphic prints (shodo style) as well as fonts based on carefully researched historical typefaces. Examples: JapaneseZenSampler1 (2001), TheTombwinterandspring1 (1997, "heavily inspired by the incised letters from the tomb of Henry III, Westminster Abbey, about 1272"), Thorns (1997), VampyresGarden (1997, initial caps inspired by a copy of the Romant de la Rose from the beginning of the 16th century), HoursintheRain (1997), SevenWavessighsSalome (1997, caps). Very nice gothic and medieval style creations. He showcases great Arab, Japanese and Chinese calligraphy. [Google] [More] ⦿
During his studies at Parsons the New School of Design in New York City, Asaki Okamura created the typeface Arsenal (2014), which showcases parts of different firearms. Before that, he lived in Singapore, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Elk Grove Village, IL-based company established in 2004, which specializes in font development, licensing and IP protection. It rose from the ashes of a major fire at Agfa/Monotype at the end of 2003. Its founders are Steve Matteson (type designer, formerly with Agfa/Monotype), Thomas Rickner (of Microsoft fame, where he hinted many Microsoft families), Ira Mirochnick (founder and President of Monotype Typography Inc in 1989 (where he was until 2000) and a Senior Vice President and director of Agfa Monotype Corporation (2000-2003), a self-proclaimed expert in font licensing issues and IP protection), and Bill Davis (most recently the Vice President of Marketing for Agfa Monotype). Also included in this group are Josh Hadley, Brian Kraimer, Jim Ford (since 2005), and Jeff Finger (as Chief Research Scientist, since 2006). On December 8, 2010, Ascender was acquired by Monotype for 10.2 million dollars.
Their typefaces include Endurance (2004, Steve Matteson, an "industrial strength" Grotesk designed to compete with Helvetica and Arial; it supports Greek, Cyrillic and East European languages).
In April 2005, Ascender announced that it would start selling the Microsoft font collection, which is possibly their most popular collection to date. They also started selling and licensing IBM's Heisei family of Japanese fonts in April 2005: Heisei Kaku Gothic, Heisei Maru Gothic and Heisei Mincho. Ascender's version of the CJK font Heiti is called ASC Heiti. Also in 2005, they started distributing Y&Y's Lucida family.
In October 2005, Ascender announced the development of Convection, a font used for Xbox 360 video games. Their South Asian fonts cover Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu, and include Ascender Uni, Ascender UniDuo and Arial Unicode for general use across all Indic languages, and, in particular, the Microsoft fonts Vrinda (Bengali), Mangal (Devanagari), Shruti (Gujarati), Raavi (Gurmukhi), Tunga (Kannada), Kartika (Malayalam), Latha (Tamil) and Gautami (Telugu). Khmer SBBIC (2011) is a Khmer font at Open Font Library.
It does more type trading and licensing than type creation, although Steve Matteson has contributed fairly well to their new typefaces. Their brand value took a hit when they started selling scrapbook, handwriting and wedding fonts under the name FontMarketplace.com.
Recent contributions: Crestwood (2006, a house face, possibly by Steve Matteson) is an updated version of an elegant semi-formal script typeface originally released by the Ludlow Type Foundry in 1937.
In 2009, they started a subpage called GoudyFonts.Com to sell their Goudy revivals.
In 2010, they announced a new collection of OpenType fonts created specifically for use in Microsoft Office 2010: Comic Sans 2010 (including new italic and bold italic fonts), Trebuchet 2010 (including new black&black italic fonts), Impact 2010, Pokerface 2010, Rebekah 2010 and Rebus Script 2010. Ligatures in Comic Sans?
Vendor of Korean, Japanese and Chinese software, including font packs for Mac and PC. AsiaSoft Inc./AsiaTech Inc. is located in Vero Beach, FL. Their font Urdu Naskh Asiatype (2001) for Urdu can be found here and here. Pashto Kror Asiatype (1994-2002) is here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Osaka, Japan-based designer of these free Latin typefaces in 2019: Void, T-Rex, Nektons (sans), Manta Ray (a geometric sans), Super Villan (sic), New Hero, Old Hero. Download link at Asobo Design. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese company which has made some commercial typefaces, typically sans serif: Asyl (Black and Dot), Composite (Bold New, Bold Old, Light, 360, 2000, 90's, 1900: sans adjusted to periods), Effects (New Regular, New Wide, Bold, Light: an octagonal family), Minimal (Regular, Round), Amsterdam (Regular, Bold, Light), Tadadah, 26 Dots, Hong Kong Express (black display sans). I don't know who among the staff designed these typefaces: Naoki Sato, Kazuki Ohashi, Yuu Sato, Rie Amaki, Mitsugu Mizobata, Shinichi Arakawa. [Google] [More] ⦿
Atomic Media (was: SmartDust)
Matthew Bardram (b. New York City, 1965) is the Tucson, AZ-based [T-26] founder of Atomic Media, who specializes in bitmap fonts. He designed Atomic, Centrifuge, Bromide (at T-26), Crackle, Klaxon. At Nakedface (now gone), he made Arachnid, Bitpak, Bylinear, DhexInline, Genetica, Economy Large, Empiric, Hypersigna (2005, bitmap face), Montreal (the family) and two katakana fonts. His Bitpack includes the following pixel fonts: Bylinear (2000), Cellular (2000), Genetica (2000, free download), Genetrix, Macroscopic, Metodic, Microscopic, Noir, Scriptometer, Remote (2000), Monocule (2000), Joystik, Centrifuge, Quantaa (2000), Bionika, Megalon (2000), Wired, Badfish.
Bardram's Digipak includes Atomic-Inline, Atomic-Outline, Bionika-Black, Bionika, Genetrix-Crossed, Genetrix-Square, Genetrix-SquareCore, Genetrix-SquareHollow, Joystik, Macroscopic-A, Macroscopic-B, Macroscopic-C, Macroscopic-D, Macroscopic-E, Methodic-Bold, Methodic, Microscopic, Noir, Scriptometer-SanScript, Scriptometer.
Additional typefaces: a 3D pixel font called Boxer 3D (2002), Neuronic (2002-2004, nice outlined pixel font; see also here), Fusionaire (2002, a display font) and Wijdeveld, a squarish font based on the lettering of poster artist Wijdeveld from The Netherlands. In 2005, these fonts were added: Magnetica, Imperium, Ratio, Hypersigna, Sequence and Tempora, all by Matthew Bardram.
Sausan Kare's pixel fonts at Atomic Media: Mini Food, Kare Dingbats, Biology, Everett, Harry, Ramona, Kare Five Dots, Kare Five Dots Serif, Kare Six Dots, Kare Six Dots Serif.
Atsushi Kadono is a Japanese type designer who sells his fonts via Font Pavilion. Check his dingbat font Monochrome City. There are also austere katakana font families, Asahi and Shin-Asahi. [Google] [More] ⦿
ATypI 2019 was held in Tokyo, Japan, from 4-7 September, at the Miraikan Museum. The opening keynote is by John Maeda, and the closing keynote by Petra Cerne Oven. Speakers include Jason Pamental, Ken Lunde, Chorong Kim, Wujin Sim, Rathna Ramanathan, Ian Lynam, Renee Elizabeth Salmonsen, Sumanthri Samarawickrama, Hisashi Iwai, Taro Yamamoto, Tomoko Ishikawa, Yuka Hayashi, Shinji Ogawa, Hiroto Ueda, Masahiro Yamada, Laurence Penney, Irene Vlachou, Irin Kim, Nathan Williams, Vinod Balakrishnan, Underware, Takuto Higurashi, Ryota Doi, Xuan Zhang, Promphan Suksumek, Petra Docekalova, Wei Ming, Yin Qiu, Thomas Mullaney, Milda Kuraityte, Ananda Kumar Maharjan, Sunita Dangol, Garret Rieger, Rod Sheeter, Edwina Lee, Matthew Carter, Kunihiko Okano, Shotaro Nakano, Sakura Taruno, Ryoko Nishizuka, John Berry, Sofie Beier, Dafne Martinez, Sandra Garcia, Neelakash Kshetrimayum, Jo De Baerdemaeker, Dohee Lee, Sebastien Morlighem, Akihiko Morisawa, Yukari Haruta, Kataoka Akira, Kudo Tsuyokatsu, Takahashi Yoshimaru, Masataka Hattori, Masahiro Ochiai, Min-Young Kim, Nora Bekes, Celine Hurka, Sovichet Tep, Alexandra Korolkova, and Wei-Hsiang Su.
Japanese foundry that markets about ten Latin and twenty full kanji fonts. Among its type families is LSN or Lambda Truetype Font. Finally, it sells a font editor for Japanese fonts, called LFEdit. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of handwriting fonts for Japanese: chimacoron (2004), chimacoronhoso (2004), Tinkling Bell (2003), OhiruneFont, kotorimojiFONT-TT (full kanji font, also called TheLittleBirdFONT), RuFont, WarabeFont, TheLittleBirdFONTS (2003, full kanji face, handwritten), WarabemojiKTT (2003, full kanji font). Home page. Alternate URL, which has these free Latin/kana techno fonts: ChimaChima, Dekaji, Funyaji, MaruMaru, MiniChima, MiniChimaKaku, all made in 2003 by Aya Suzukon. Is this by the same type designer? [Google] [More] ⦿
Ayako Ito (and: Type for Ukraine)
Ayako Ito is based in New York City and Tokyo, and graduated from Type@Cooper. She creates brand identities, books & magazines, typefaces, and illustratis in the fields of art, lifestyle and fashion. Ayako Ito set up Type for Ukraine in 2022 to help the people in Ukraine. All proceeds are donated to Doctors without Borders and the Voice of Children Foundation. Her typefaces:
Commissioned typefaces include Bubble Tea (a bubblegum typeface designed for Stone And Strand, a NYC based jewelry startup), Kafeteria (a phenomenal geometric sans as part of the brand identity for Kafeteria, a new café at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen by renowned Danish restaurateur Frederik Bille Brahe; just like the menu and experience at Kafeteria, the typeface combines Japanese minimalism with Danish culture), Good Girl (a sans designed for Stone And Strand, a NYC based jewelry startup), August KBH (custom typefaces for August Journal Issue 05: Copenhagen), Moet Hennessy, Gemic (a custom stencil typeface for Gemic, a global growth strategy firm with offices in NYC, Helsinki, Toronto, and Berlin). [Google] [More] ⦿
Baekmuk (was: Hwan Design)
Korean company that developed the freeware Hangul fonts Baekmuk Dotum (sans), Baekmuk Batang (serif), Baekmuk Gulim (warm rounded sans) and Baekmuk Headline (heavy). All fonts were made by JeongHwan Kim between 1986 and 2002, and cover Korean, Japanese and Chinese. CTAN download site. [Google] [More] ⦿
Bagel & Co
Japanese foundry that offers these free Latin fonts made by Ryoichi Tsunekawa around 2005: Kiwi (geometric hairline), Bagel (roundish comic book face), Coconut (noisy outline face), Coconut Split, Fresh Tomato (LED simulation), Dried Tomato (LED simulation), Dutch Style, Mocha Harrar (great stencil face), 103 (experimental, Bank Gothic style), Airhead, ArealBlack, Awkward, BagelNew, BagelOld, Banbino, Bebas (2005, industrial sans), Berlin89, Blackout, Built-1970, Bunyan, Busted, Canstop, Chiangmai (Thai simulation face), DBLline, Dijkstra, Dutchstyle, Fling, Graphite, Harcomaso, Hiexplosive, Hitech, Honeycomb (hexagonal), Junkmix, Kanatypo, KemikalHi, Meegoreng, Mikrob, Natsupopy, Overwork, Palsu, Plamo, Plasitico, REC001, REC002, REC003, Resistance, SQRT, STdigi (LED font), Shandy, Superstar, Tembaga, Tenaga, Tomodachi, Tragedia, Trucker, VRdigital, VRembroidery, Welcome2M, Workaholic, Zeebraa, plot-A, plot-K, Appendix 3, Gesso, Pusab, Sushitaro, Typewrong.
Free Japanese techno fonts Ionic Bond and Kaden-60. Aka em-DESIGNS E.d. Fonts.
Free fonts: OhHiGe (2003, OpenType), Kakudaron B (2003), Kakudaron IB (2003), GoJuOn (2003, kanji), Kurogama TsubuChan, After_Attack, CHOP!!!!!, MouTen-Dattayo-Soitsu-Wa (2002), Soitsu-Wa-MouTen-Dattayo (2002), Chain-Reaction, Chain-Reaction-Itaric, Kunyulla-Black, mimizu, HONEBONE-Ukokkei, PENTAGRON (2001), TALL-TWIN (2001), TECNO-STRESS, TECNO-STRESS-HIRAGANA, TECNO-STRESS-KATAKANA, Yura_Hiragana, Future-Chibaraki2, Tokyo Honey Chan (2002), DeJi (2002), Hone Bone Ukokkei, Hone Bone Hakkotsu (2001), Yurayura Hiragana, Tecno Stress, Before_Attack, KICK!!!!!, PUNCH!!!!!, Tall Twin (2001), Pentagron (2001), Chain_Reaction, Kemushi_Hira, Kemushi_Alp, Kemushi_Kata, Mystery-Circle, Oshare-Black, YuraH, TecnoS-K, TecnoS-H, Oshare-Honenuki, Suehirogari, JIHAI, MANZ, PINZ, SOUZ [the last four fonts are for mahjong and other games], The-ManPu, Chibaraki-Now, Future-Chibaraki, Oshare, IAmNotWeapon. Many fonts have Latin and kana versions.
Japanese and other font utilities resource page kept by Hiroyuki Tsutsumi. Freeware utilities by him, developed from 2003 until 2005:
The Beijing Hanyi Keyin Information Technology Co is a joint venture between CAPT (the Chinese Academy of Printing Technology) and TAICEM, based in Singapore, and was established in 1993 in Beijing. The company developed many (principally Chinese and Japanese) fonts using the Ikarus system, and partners on many projects with URW++, which sells these Hanyi fonts: Fang Song, Hei, Song, Song Medium, Yuan, Hupo, Kai, Lishu, Wei Bei, Zong.
The Beijing Hanyi collection of Simplified Chinese fonts: HY Bai Qing, HY Bao Song, HY Cai Yun, HY Chang Mei Hei, HY Chang Song, HY Chang Yi, HY Chao Cu Hei, HY Chao Cu Song, HY Chao Cu Yuan, HY Chen Pin, HY Cu Hei, HY Cu Song, HY Cu Yuan, HY Cuang Song, HY Da Hei, HY Da Li Shu, HY Da Song, HY Fang Die, HY Fang Li, HY Fang Song, HY Hei Mei, HY Hu Po, HY Hua Die, HY Jia Shu, HY Kai Ti, HY Ling Xin, HY Mi Mi, HY Nan Gong, HY Qing Yun, HY Shen Gong, HY Shou Jin Shu, HY Shu Hun, HY Shu Song Er, HY Shu Song Yi, HY Shu Tong, HY Shuang Xian, HY Te Xi Deng Xian, HY Wa Wa Zhuan, HY Wei Bei, HY Xi Deng Xian, HY Xi Xing Kai, HY Xi Yuan, HY Xi Zhong Yuan, HY Xiao Li Shu, HY Xing Kai, HY Xing Shi, HY Xueun, HY Ya Ya, HY Yan Ling, HY Yuan Die, HY Zhen Zhu Li, HY Zhong Deng Xian, HY Zhong Hei, HY Zhong Kai, HY Zhong Li Shu, HY Zhong Yuan, HY Zi Dian Song, HY Zong Yi.
The Beijing Hanyi collection of Traditional Chinese fonts: HY Bai Qing HY Bao Song, HY Cai Yun, HY Chang Mei Hei, HY Chang Song, HY Chang Yi, HY Chao Cu Hei, HY Chao Cu Song, HY Cu Hei, HY Cu Song, HY Cu Yuan, HY Cu Zhuan, HY Da Hei, HY Da Li Shu, HY Da Song, HY Fang Die, HY Fang Song, HY Hei Mei, HY Hu Po, HY Jia Shu, HY Kai Ti, HY Ling Xin, HY Mi Mi, HY Shou Jin Shu, HY Shu Song Er, HY Shu Song Yi, HY Shu Tong, HY Shuang Xian, HY Wei Bei, HY Xi Deng Xian, HY Xi Yuan, HY Xi Zhong Yuan, HY Xiao Li Shu, HY Xing Kai, HY Xing Shi, HY Xueun, HY Ya Ya, HY Yuan Die, HY Zhen Zhu Li, HY Zhong Deng Xian, HY Zhong Hei, HY Zhong Li Shu, HY Zhong Yuan, HY Zhuan Shu, HY Zi Dian Song, HY Zong Yi. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free original fonts by Tamon Yahagi: Bharatic (Latin, all formats), Devanagarish (Indic simulation), Ananda (handwriting), Ame, Apparappa-House (2003, handwriting), Hiran-Kanan (kana).
Japanese site with some free pixel fonts for Mac and PC. Fonts: BMaztecA12, BMharry, BMbiscuitA9, BMblockA15, BMbugA6, BMchainA6, BMchocolatA9, BMcinemaA16, BMcorrodeA13, BMcubeA8, BMcutterK8, BMdelicoA16, BMdumplingA9, BMethnoA17, BMleavesA11, BMmazeA9, BMminiA8, BMnecoA29 (a cute cat ding font), BMplamoA9, BMreceiptA11, BMrizerA6, BMrubyA12, BMslyA10, BMsolidA11, BMspiralA13, BMstampA9, BMtoppoA12, BMGaudiA32, BMUtopiaA33, BMFeather, Tube, BMKitchen, BMPress, BMXRay, BMFigaro, BM Japan-A12, BMgreat-A9, BM-Army-A12, BM Wappen, BM Gaia-A10, BM Cafe, BM Pinhole, BMJoint, BMGermar. All fonts made in 2001-2004.
From Bitstream's web page: "Bitstream Cyberbit is our award-winning international font. Based on one of our most popular and readable type designs (Dutch 801 BT [note: Bitstream's version of Times and Times New Roman]), it includes all the typographic characters for most of the world's major languages. Cyberbit is now available! The product release includes the roman weight of Dutch 801 BT, a "serif" font. (A serif font has small finishing strokes at the end of the main stems, arms, and tails of characters, while a sanserif font does not.) The font is in TrueType format for Windows 95 and Windows NT. Future releases will provide support for "sanserif" typefaces, other platforms, other font formats, and even more languages. Bitstream Cyberbit is a work in progress. Bitstream is now distributing the roman weight of Cyberbit, free of charge, over the Internet! Remember, this release is in TrueType format for Windows 95 and Windows NT". --- Well, Bitstream no longer offers the font. It is still out there however. Try here, here, here, or here. Has these unicode ranges: Basic Latin, Latin-1 Supplement, Latin Extended-A, Latin Extended-B, Spacing Modifier Letters, Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew Extended (A and B blocks combined), Thai, Latin Extended Additional, General Punctuation, Currency Symbols, Letterlike Symbols, Number Forms, Arrows, Mathematical Operators, Miscellaneous Technical, Box Drawing, Block Elements, Geometric Shapes, Miscellaneous Dingbats, Alphabetic Presentation Forms, Combining Diacritical Marks, Enclosed Alphanumerics, Arabic, Arabic Presentation Forms-A and -B, CJK (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) Symbols and Punctuation, Hiragana, Katakana, Bopomofo, Hangul Compatibility Jamo, Enclosed CJK Letters and Months, CJK Compatibility, Hangul, CJK Unified Ideographs, CJK Compatibility Ideographs, CJK Compatibility Forms, Small Form Variants, and Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms. [Google] [More] ⦿
Four free fonts made by TypeBank and marketed jointly with Morisawa:
Japanese designer (b. 1988) who made these free grunge, pixel or handwriting fonts for Latin and/or kana in 2008: def_puni2, def_rabbit, def_summer, def_summer2, hand, loveletter, toller_Ba-Ba-Banbi, toller_By-the-way, toller_Chelsea, toller_Don't-miss-it, toller_OCEAN, toller_amenimomakezu, toller_cassis, toller_crazy, toller_emoji, toller_fruit, toller_mocomoco, toller_mocomoco2, toller_no-name, toller_prettypuppy, toller_sarah, toller_shake, toller_sunshine, toller_vitamin. [Google] [More] ⦿
Artist in Fukuoka, Japan. He FontStructed the ssquarish or octagonal typefaces Surrender Everything Bold Square Katakana (2010), Numb Elektrik (2010), Surrender Everything Bold Square Klone 1 (2010) and Surrender Everything Bold Square (2010). [Google] [More] ⦿
Brian Stell works in the Font and Text team within Google's Internationalization Engineering group. He has been focused on engineering to make web fonts fast for all languages including Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Roboto: faster than a speeding bullet. The abstract sounds interesting: This talk looks at the current status of Google's work to deliver fonts 'instantly' to Chrome users. With 'instant' fonts, website designers no longer have to choose between web fonts (that slow the site down) or 'web safe' fonts (that are only available in limited styles). Imagine being free to use your branding fonts in extra-light, book, normal, medium, bold, or ultra-bold - with italic, condensed, and slab variants. A brief overview of how the technology works is presented along with references to more information. Also discussed are efforts to make this work on other major browsers. [Google] [More] ⦿
Bridge Corporation (aka Fontasma)
Japanese site with original truetype fonts made by Jin Hasiba. Includes techno and pixel fonts, a neat Mahjong font, a Japano-English font (Lightmorning), and some katakana fonts. The font names: Amoebic-kana, Amoebic, BRIDGEco, Chicagothic, Chicagothic-Outline, Gear-Proportion, Gear, Harb, Lightmorning (1999, oriental simulation face), Liner-HH, Liner-HS, Liner-SH, Liner-SS (horizontally striped family), Mahjong, Millennium, PEZ-font (3d typeface), Shuttle-Form, Shuttle, disc, disc_black, Bc.BMP07_A, Bc.BMP07_K, Teacher_A (2001, rounded geometric family), Teacher_K.
Bruce works at Dynalab, which offers Japanese and Chinese fonts. Examples: DynaLab Premium 17 Japanese Truetype fonts for JWindows3.1 US $30. DynaLab Premium 30 Japanese Truetype fonts for JWindows3.1/95 or Mac. US $50. Lots of Chinese fonts on sale at 8$ per font. DynaLab 15 artistic Truetype fonts for Windows95 or Mac for US $50. Sample fonts: DFBiaoKaiShu1B, DFBiaoSong1B, DFFangSong1B, DFGirl1B, DFGuYinMedium1B, DFHeiBold1B, DFHeiMedium1B, DFHeiUBold1B, DFKaiShuMedium1B, DFKanTingLiu1B, DFLiFancySong1B, DFLiHeiBold1B, DFLiHeiLight1B, DFLiHeiMedium1B, DFLiKingHei1B, DFLiKaiShu1B, DFLiSongBold1B, DFLiSongLight1B, DFLiSongMedium1B, DFLiYuanBold1B, DFLiYuanXBold1B, DFLiShu1B, DFMingBold1B, DFMingLight1B, DFMingMedium1B, DFMingUBold1B, DFPOP1B, DFXingShuMedium1B, DFYuanBold1B, DFYuanLight1B, DFZongYiBold1B, DFLiSongLight1B-GB, DFFangSong1B-GB, DFHei1B-GB, DFKaiShu1B-GB, DFSong1B-GB, DFSongXBold1B-GB, DFWeiBei1B-GB, DFZongYiBold1B-GB. [Google] [More] ⦿
In 2011, with Nicolas Noh and Sung-woo Choi, Bruce Kwon co-designed the Apple system font Nanum Gothic (a sans for Latin, Chinese, Japanese and Hangul, NHN Corporation).
Brush Art Design Office
Brush Art Design Office is the Tokyo-based foundry of brush art designer Teruyoshi Matsui. His brush fonts include Lethal Fake (2009), Brush Type Italic (2009), Brush Type Michiko (2008) and Brush Type Standard (2008).
burodestruct (or: Typedifferent.com)
Lorenz Lopetz Gianfreda's foundry in Bern, Switzerland, est. 1994, called Burodestruct and Typedifferent.com.
Free fonts include(d) the gorgeous GalaQuadra (by Angela Pestalozzi, 1999), Eject Katakana (1998), Dippex (1995, grunge font), Ticket (1995), Rocket 70 (1996), Ratterbit (1995, pixel font), Plakatbau (1995), Lodel Fizler (1996), Flossy (1995), Faxer (1995), Console Remix (1998), Cravt (1998, by "Katrin"), Stereotype (1998, by M. Brunner), Brockelmann (1995, free), Kristallo (1997, very original display face) and Billiet (1996).
Other fonts: Acidboyz (1998), Alustar (1999), BD Asciimax (1999, ascii art font), BD Billding, Bdr_mono (1999), Brick (1996, like Kalendar), Cluster (1996), Console (1997), Doomed (1998), Eject (1998), Electrobazar (1995), Elside (1995), Globus (1996), Fazer (1996), Lofi (1997), Medled (1995), Paccer (1995), Solaris (1998), Spicyfruits_brush_rmx (1998, a nice high-contrast face), Spicyfruits_rmx, Wurst (free, by Heiwid, 2000), Relaunch (2000), Relaunch Katakana (2000, free), Rainbow (2000), DeLaFrance (2000, free, by Heiwid), Electronic Plastic (2000), Colonius (2001), Cash (2001), Cashbox (2001), Bilding (2001), Meter (2001), Mustang (2001), Bankwell (2001), BD Alm (2001), Balduin (2001), Tatami (2001, oriental look font), Hexades (2001, free), Nippori (2002, techno), Jura (2002), Bonbon (2002, free), Band (2002, free), Navyseals (2002, kitchen tile font), Ritmic (2002), BDR Mono (1999, OCR-like font), Mann (2003, ultra fat stencil), Aroma (2003), Zenith (2003), Nebraska (2003), BD Equipment (2004), BD El Autobus (2004), BD Unexpected (2004), BD Wakarimasu (2004, free kana face), BD Bernebeats (2004, futuristic), BD Deckard (2004), BD Spinner (2004), BD Victoria (2004), BD Designer (2004), BD Kalinka (2005, a curly ultra-fat display face), BD Equipment (2004), BD El Autobus (2004), BD Unexpected (2004), BD Varicolor (2005, stencil), BD Chantilly (2005), BD Memory (2005), BD Emerald (2005, beveled), BD Kalinka (2005, Cyrillic simulation), BD Extrwurst (2005), BD Aquatico (2005), BD Mandarin (2005), BD Polo (2005), BD Beans (2005), BD Tiny (2005, pixel face), BD Times New Digital (2006), BD Panzer (2006), BD Jupiter, BD Jupiter Stencil (2006), BD Pipe (2006), BDR Mono 2006 (2006), BD Fimo Outline (2007, free, by Nathalie Birkle), BD Bermuda (2007, experimental and geometric), BD Smoker (2007, psychedelic), BD Radiogram (2007), BD Mother (2007, exaggerated black Egyptian), BD Fimo Regular (2007, free), BD Demon (2007), BD Reithalle (2007, free), BD Halfpipe (2007, free), BD Broadband (2008, free; not to be confused with the much older fonts BroadbandICG or FLOP Design's Broadband), BD Viewmaster and BD Viewmaster Neon (2008), BD Electrobazaar (2008), BD Motra (2008, stencil), BD Virtual (2008), BD Spacy 125 (2008), BD AsciiMax, BD ElAutobus (2004), BD Equipment (2004), BD Ramen (2003), BD Retrocentric (2009), BDR A3MIK (2009, virile Latin and Cyrillic slab), BD HitBit (2009), BD Unicorse (2010, unicase and techno), BD Telegraph (2011), BD Schablone (2012, stencil face), BD Pankow (2013, stencil), BD Algebra (2014), BD Hiragana Kuro (2014), BD Qualle (2014, a fat poster typeface), BD Tribler (2015, a tribal font).
Alphabetical listing of their pre-2015 free typefaces: Algebra, Alm, Apotheke, AsciiMax, Baldrian, Band, Bankwell, Bardust, Beans, Billding, Billiet, Bonbon, Brockelmann, Burner, Cash, Cashbox, Chantilly, Circo, Console, Console Remix, Cravt, Delafrance, Designer, Destination, Dippex, Eject Katakana, ElAutobus, Elmax, Elside, Equipment, Faxer, Fazer, Fimo, Flossy, Fluke, Galaquadra, Geminis, Halfpipe, Hexades, Hiragana Kuro, Jayn Fonta, Kristallo, Lodelfizler, Lofi, Medled, Meter, Mustang, Outline, Paccer, Pipe, Plakatbau, Plankton, Polo, Ragout, Ramen, Ratterbit, Reithalle, Relaunch, Relaunch Ktna, Rocket70, Sirca, Sirca Rmx, Solaris, Spacy125, Spicyfruits, Spinner, Stella, Stencler, Stereotype, Ticket, Times New Digital, TinyFont, Tribler, Unfold, Wakarimasu.
Alphabetical listing of their pre-2015 commercial typefaces: A3mik, Acidboyz, Alustar, Aquatico, Aroma, Balduin, BDR Mono 2006, Bermuda, Bernebeats, Breakbeat, Brick, Broadband, Calamares, Central, Cluster (Corporate), Colonius, Deckard, Demon, Discount, Doomed, Edding850, Eject, Electrobazar 2008, Electronicplastic, Elk, Emerald, Endless, Extrawurst, Fontabello, Globus, Good Wood, Hell, Hitbit, Jupiter, Jura, Kalinka, Kameron, Kinski, Las Palmas, Mandarin, Mann, Memory, Mother, Motra, Naranino (2012: a children;s script), Navyseals, Nebraska, Nippori, Nokio, Orlando, Pankow, Panzer, Qualle, Radiogram, Rainbow, Retrocentric, Ritmic, Robotron, Schablone, Showlong, Smoker, St.Moritz, Stalker, Stonehenge, Sweethome, Tatami, Telegraph, Unexpected, Unicorse, Varicolor, Victoria, Viewmaster, Virtual, Wotka, Wurst, Wurst Directors Cut, Zenith.
In 2015, Gianfreda designed BD Barbeaux (a condensed typeface with the fashionable chic of the French art nouveau or film noir).
Typefaces from 2016: BD Kickrom Mono (LED emulation type).
Typefaces from 2018: BD Westwork.
During his studies in Piracicaba, Goiania, Brazil, Caio Kondo designed the sans typeface Goiania (2014), the blackletter typeface York (2016) and the free didone typeface Chamuyo (2018).
In 2019, Caio Kondo designed the custom typeface Wixx Mono.
In 2020, he co-founded Inari Type with Satsuki Arakaki in Campinas, Brazil. With Satsuki Arakaki, he designed Nikkei Maru (2020) and Mori Gothic (2020), a seven-style geometric sans. Nikkei Maru is a tribute to Japanese immigration done typographically. The project started from a collection of photographs of the ships that brought Japanese immigrants to the American continent, and from our interest in researching the history of immigration, fueled by our own ancestry. In addition to the intercontinental transit, the research also addresses the arrival and establishment of Nikkei---Japanese living abroad and their descendants---on the new continent. The immigration process inspired other aspects of typography, such as newspapers from the Nikkei communities that were a reference for the lower case, and different experiences lived by immigrants which are represented in the dingbats.
In 2021, he published the 3-weight decorative serif family PP Eiko at Pangram Pangram. Characterized by sharp triangular serifs, PP Eiko is inspired by the work of Eiko Ishioka, a multitalented Japanese artist. It seeks to convey the spirit of his work in these typographic explorations. It is an original serif font with high contrast, including the syllable alphabet kana (hiragana and katakana), it can be seemlessly paired with Mincho style kanji fonts. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Yidao Cai's free software. Most interesting is CNPRINT: "CNPRINT is a utility to print Chinese/Japanese/Korean (CJK) text (or convert to PostScript) under DOS, VMS and UNIX systems. It works just as a print command on your system. Currently GB, Hz, zW, BIG5, CNS, JIS, EUC, Shift-JIS, KSC, UTF8, UTF7 and UTF16 formats are supported. With its full Unicode support, it should be able to print other language (e.g. Thai, Vietnames, Arabic as well)." Also, MSHei and MSSong truetype fonts for Chinese, Korean and Japanese, developed by Stone Corporation, Zhuhai, China. [Google] [More] ⦿
Type designer from Hong Kong who graduated from the MATD program in Type Design at the University of Reading in 2016. His graduation typeface is Havil, a multiscript (Latin, Arabic and Chinese) typeface family for branding and business documents. This beautifully balanced typeface was inspired by 19th century British and French letterpress poster typefaces.
In 2016, Kwok worked with the Apple Inc. Type Team where he contributed to the design and development of Latin and East Asian scripts. In 2019, he joined Sharp Type specializing in multilingual type design, lettering, and typography.
In 2018, he published the slab serif Urushi at Future Fonts and wrote: Urushi is the first Future Fonts release aiming to support Japanese Kana and Kanji, and Chinese Hanzi. This charming and slabby, reverse contrast is inspired by old Hong Kong movie magazines.
Free original Latin and kana fonts by "Charlie": cute bit club band (pixel), 59th-street-bridge-song (2002, pixels), atarax-p-white, atarax-p, cute-bit-club-band (2002, pixels), copike-kana, kimidori-mugcup (2002, grid font), musekinin-katakana, musekinin (2002, handwritten), orange-phone, tomato_coffee (2002, elegant white on black dot matrix font).
Graduate of Kunstschule Wandsbek in Hamburg, Germany. Designer at URW++ of FontForum CSPaket, CSCourtHandD (medieval calligraphy based on the handwriting of monks in the 16th century), CSFuzzyLogD and CSTakahashiD (oriental simulation, a hommage to the Japanese Manga artist Katsuhiro Otomo and his character/figure Takashi from the Akira-Manga). His fonts are sold under the name CS Fonts, and through URW++, and through MyFonts.com. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Japanese type foundry based in Tokyo. Their typefaces include C&G Hankoin, C&G Reithic, C&G Bouquet, C&G Gyoukoku, C&G Ryurei Gyousyo, C&G Ryurei hutogyousyo, C&G Yukiha Futo Kaisyo, and Kanaface44. [Google] [More] ⦿
Type designer. Finder is a multiscript typeface developed in 2020 at Black Foundry by Jérémie Hornus, Gaëtan Baehr, Changchun Ye and Zhang Miao. This neutral sans is intended for interface design, and covers Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek, Hangul, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Simplified Chinese, Thai and Traditional Chinese. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese foundry. It has some free Latin fonts using FontStruct: A-CUTE (dot matrix), Cubic+ (3d face), Extension-Icons, FormaL (squarish blackboard bold), Hetare-Moji, KokubanBlackboard (white on black face), PSP-Logo, Scar (futuristic), S-Block, S-Simple, T-TEXT. The fonts were made by "Setsuna" in 2008. [Google] [More] ⦿
About ten commercial dingbats drawn by Japanese designers for Font Pavilion/P22. Includes: PetSounds, Kisekae (Japanese kids), Ohanashi, Oshaberi (balloons), Mogmog-mix, Weapons-US, Weapons-German, Undersea, Cover Girl, Caramel Font, Kourin. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Japanese fonts Key (2014), Little Pig (2014), Bog (2014), Ribbon (2014), Iron Katakana (2014), Trick Kata (2014), Thin (2014). Also some commercial Japanese typefaces. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Chiharu Tanaka was born and raised in Japan. She completed her Bachelor's degree of Textile Design in Tokyo and worked at design companies for a few years. She subsequently received her MFA in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2009, and remained in San Francisco area ever since. She worked as a graphic and type designer for John McNeil Studio (2009-2010), Landor Associates (2009-2010), Psy/Ops (2010-present) and Morisawa (2016-present). Her typefaces:
Spouse of Ray Larabie in Nagoya, Japan. Chikako Larabie is a font design assistant for Typodermic Fonts, specializing in kerning, and languages. With Ray, she created From The Stars (2010, a consumer electronics / techno sans family), Hackensack (2010), Naked Power (2010, a geometric/industrial sans-serif font family in the style of the art deco typeface Novel Gothic (1929, ATF, Morris Fuller Benton and Charles H. Becker)), Moon Cresta (2010, modeled after Goudy Sans), Voivode (2010, headline face), Honfleur (2010, art deco all caps face), Hachimitsu (2010, Asian look face), Kadeworth (2010, rounded retro look sans), Gnuolane Jump (2010), Nagomi (2010, oriental simulation face), Biondi Sans (2010, a copperplate gothic without serifs in the style of AT Sackers), Board of Directors (2010, a Bank Gothic style family), and Wee Bairn (2010). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Japanese type designer associated with the Tokyo-based foundry Jiyukobo. His typeface Ei Ming Cho Tai (2013-2014) won the Silver Prize in the kanji category at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2014. Inen Mincho Tai won an award in the TDC 2015 Type Design competition. Chikao also designed Nihon no Mincho Tai. Jiyu Kobo link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Japanese and Latin fonts designed by Ayumu in 2006: biz-hiragana (Hiragana pixel font), Choco-oiwai (Latin, kana and kanji handwriting), biz_alp (Latin pixel font), biz_pencil (hiragana), Biz-Utatane (Latin and Cyrillic handwriting), biz-chocolat (curly lettering, Latin only). Alternate URL where we find the handwriting fonts Banana Chips (2008) and Burst Chocolate (2008). The designer is called Akira there, and another URL is given as well. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer and lettering artist in Austin, TX, who created the warm display typeface Mainsail CPC (2012), and the masculaine rounded octagonal slab serif typeface Batten CPC (2013). In 2014, he made Scrimshaw CPC (Latin, kana and Cyrillic), Siren CPC, and Batten Sans CPC.
Typefaces from 2015: Armada CPC (a wide sans), Beach Ball CPC (a geometric solid font; Filled and Outline), Compass Rose CPC (a geometric sans family designed for web sites), Mutiny CPC (an angry all-caps brush typeface).
Typefaces from 2016: Waves CPC (pixel fonts), Wave Blackletter CPC (pixel fonts).
Graphic designer at Dhurakij Pundit University in Bangkok. Creator of the Japanese picture font Basker Jap (2012). All design elements are taken from Baskerville Old Face.
Listing of CJK fonts, as of 2009.
CJK Macro Package
Werner Lemberg maintains the free CJK macro package of Asian btmap fonts for use in Latex2e. It includes the Hangul fonts han, han1 and hanja65 and the Japanese/Chinese fonts jfs56 (GB encoded, Fangsong style), jisksp40, kanji48, ntukai48 (Big5 encoded, Kai style), and the cns40 series (Song style). [Google] [More] ⦿
On November 15, 1998, Microsoft claimed a major breakthrough in font technology with what they are calling "ClearType". They state: "The effective tripling of horizontal resolution in ClearType subpixel rendering allows much greater fidelity to the true angle of italic type, and ClearType's patented color-filtering techniques maintain high contrast and so enable comfortable [on screen] reading". The book Now read this (John Berry and John Hudson, 2004, Microsoft Reading and Advanced Reading Technologies Group) explains the technology in more detail. In the ClearType project (2004), Microsoft releases six Western families (Calibri and Consolas by Luc(as) de Groot, Candara by Gary Munch, Corbel by Jeremy Tankard, Cambria by Jelle Bosma, and the extraordinary Constantia by John Hudson) and one full Japo-Western family, Meiryo, developed by Eiichi Kono and Matthew Carter. Review by Anne van Wagener: Calibri is a pleasure to read, Cambria is a formal and solid workhorse serif, the informal sans Candara is her least favorite, Consolas is a monospaced typeface, Constantia is her favorite--it is a clean and readable serif, and Corbel, a sans, is crisp and refreshing. On a trademark note: Constantia is the name of a pre-2000 typeface designed by Bill Horton (Foster & Horton)---if Bill plays his card right, he could make some good money off this. Typohile discussion. Microsoft we page on the ClearType font collection. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese foundry established in 2000. Has some gorgeous screen fonts. Fonts include Capsule-Maker, Childish-Alpha, Kitsch-Candy, Kitsch-Candy-Alpha, Micro-Bit+1, Micro-Bit, Minimum, Ozon, Petit, SilhousTwo, Speed, Yoppy. Also some kana fonts. At FRONTLINE 01, they published Dachshund (2002).
COM4t (or: Communicate by Four Typeface; was: Font Factory Field)
COM4t (which was FFF or Font Factory Field) has some nice free fonts in all formats, by Hideki Katayama: COM4t Ascripta (2008, connected upright script), COM4t Ongac Script (2008, connected), COM4t Nuvu Regular (2008, upright script), COM4t Fine (2006), Melton (2005), EXCEEDMediumOblique (2002), EXCEEDMedium, EXCEEDNormalOblique, EXCEEDNormal, FamilianElderOblique, Elder (2003), FamilianElder, Familian (2001), FamilianOblique, Familian Son Oblique, Familian Son (2002), MaximumLine Speeder (2002), OLDNEW, Axis (2002, slab serif), OLDNEWSlider, QuillineScriptThin (2004, calligraphic handwriting), Spirequal Light (2003), COM4tSansMedium (2005). See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
The CJK fonts on the Corel 13CD, all by DynaLab, made in 1997: DFGothic-EB, DFGothic-SU, DFGothic-UB, DFGyoSho-Lt, DFKGothic-Bd, DFKGothic-Md, DFKMincho-Bd, DFKMincho-Md, DFKaiSho-Lt, DFKaiSho-Md, DFKaiSho-SB, DFKaiSho-UB, DFKoIn-W4, DFKyoKaSho-W4, DFLeiGaSo-W9, DFMaruGothic-Bd, DFMaruGothic-Lt, DFMaruGothic-Md, DFMaruMoji-SL, DFMaruMoji-W9, DFMincho-SU, DFMincho-UB, DFMincho-W5, DFPOP1-SB, DFPOP1-W12, DFPOP1-W3, DFPOP1-W5, DFPOP1-W9, DFPOP2-W12, DFPOP2-W9, DFRuLei-W5, DFRuLei-W7, DFSinSo-W3, DFSoGei-W7, DFSoKing-W3, DFSumo-W12, DFTFLeiSho-W5, DFTFLeiSho-W7, DFTFLeiSho-W9. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese site where we find these original techno fonts: Cool-High, Cool-High-Italic, Final-Century, HARD-EDGE, HARD-ROT, not-compaq, Parts-of-Future, ROLLDOT955, Wide-Impact. These are all made by Fumika (Pantograph). [Google] [More] ⦿
Techno, dot matrix and pixel fonts made in 2001 by Kenichiro and Yoko from Sendai (Japan): Asianpearl, Blockn, CosmicdustST, Dotspitch, Funkyteam, Funpotch, Mahawa, Majispirit, Neroppu, OrientalSea, OrientalSeaB, Sexyimpact, Spacebit, Tibitto. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fonts by Hiroya Sato. The two free fonts here are Cossamoji (dingbats of figures dancing like cossacks), Elena (kana and kanji, handscripted) and Hetarosia (handwritten Cyrillic font). [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese pixel type designers, both for Latin and kana. The following fonts were made in 2002: rr_basic01, rr_basic02, rr_basic03, rr_basic05, rr_basic06, rr_basic07, rr_basic_k, rr_cinderella, rr_dogway, rr_laundry, rr_regular. At another site, we find more work by Guby (b. 1977), the Japanese designer of the fonts 0064_001 through 0064_011. The series through 0064_008 are pixel fonts for Latin and kana, and were made in 2001. 0064_009 through 0064_011 were made in 2002. Of these, the oriental simulation font 0064_011 is the most interesting. [Google] [More] ⦿
Cout Works--Drop Design
Cout Works publishes commercial fonts such as Cosmos8 (1998), Neural (Latin and kana), and Clip. At FRONTLINE 01, they published DSCF (2002). Daisuke Sato (Chiba, Japan) made Clip, Cosmos8 and Moon8, which he sold through Font Pavilion. Other recent fonts include Monolica and Monoloca (2014, octagonal).
Craig Rozynski (Australia and, since 2010, Japan) created the free Comic Sans derivative typeface family Comic Neue in 2013. This typeface family improves strictly over Vincent Connare's original Comic Sans. The main drawback is that the letters are too widely spaced. See also Github, Google Fonts, CTAN and at Open Font Library. [Google] [More] ⦿
Creation Freefont (or: C-font; was Creation Design Font)
From Iwata City, Japan, Masato Shimojima's fonts at C-font/Creation Freefont include about 90 free fonts (Mac PS, PC truetype): Cabin (2011, beveled face), The JapaneseBaseball dingbat font (2006), Check (2007), Chair07 (2007), Corner (2007, octagonal), Chape2AL (2005), Chape-001 (2005), Century Solid (2004), Cream Bold (2004), Cream Regular (2003), Caldia (2003), Hope Regular (2003, typewriter type), Speed Solid (2003), Speed (2002), CeresTriangle (2002), PC Button (2003), Cask4Bitmap (2002), CoolBitmap9 (2002), Cheese (bitmap), Crash, Crash Bold, Camel Open, Crash-12Bit, C-Numf, CamelBold, CamelliaExtraBold, CamelOpen, Camellia, CandyBold, CelboBold, CelboExtraBold, Celbo, CelonBold, ChaingothicBold, ChaingothicExtraBold, ChaingothicLight, Chaingothic, ChapeOpen, CharacterBold, CharacterOpen, CharacterShadow, Circle20, CityBold, CityExtraBold, City, ClearBold, ClearKana, ClearLigh, Clear, CliperBold, CliperLKana, CliperOKana, CliperOpen, CliperSKana, CliperShadow, ComdoBold, ComdoShadow, ComonsBold, ComonsExtraBold, ComonsLight, Comons, Consolekana, ContactBold, ContactExtraBold, ContactLight, Contact, Coronaslyz, Cosmos, CootBitmap, CubeBitmap, CreamLight, Cube2000, Cube2000Open, CupolaBold, CupolaOpen, Cupola, CupolaRoman, Cute (oriental simulation font), Cool, CoronaBold, Crossbar, Coot2000, Coot2002, Comdot series. Font Pavilion sells Chape, Connect and Console. Go here for Chain, Chair, Chariot and Condle.
Listing of the most popular CSS fonts specified in Japanese web pages. At the top: MS P Gothic, MS UI Gothic, Osaka, Times New Roman, MS Gothic, Arial, Verdana, MS P Mincho, Courier New, Comic Sans MS, and so forth. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese computer scientists Yusuke Sugomori (University of Tokyo) and Masanari Kakamu created a (free) font implemented entirely in CSS. Each character is a distortion of a plain black HTML div element. Github link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Some Taiwanese Free Software Foundation supporters designed a number of free Chinese truetype fonts under the guidance of Edward J. Lee between 1999 and 2005. People involved include Tsong-Min Wu and Tsong-Huey Wu. As of 2005, the fonts are cwTeXFangSong, cwTeXHeiBold, cwTeXKai, cwTeXMing, cwTeXYen. All fonts cover Chinese, Korean and Latin as well. The project is part of CLE (Chinese GNU/Linux Extensions) located in Taiwan. The fonts are especially useful with cwTeX. [Google] [More] ⦿
CYanHeiHK is an OpenType font based on Source Han Sans (SHS) from Adobe and Google (it is called Noto Sans CJK when distributed by Google). A number of glyphs have been modified so that it is more suitable for use in Hong Kong. Note: Source Han Sans / Noto Sans CJK were originally designed by Ryoko Nishizuka (kana & ideographs), Paul D. Hunt (Latin, Greek & Cyrillic), Wenlong Zhang (bopomofo), Sandoll Communication, Soo-young Jang and Joo-yeon Kang (Hangul elements, letters & syllables). [Google] [More] ⦿
Cyclone Graphix (or: sav-wo)
About 15 original fonts, of which about half are katakana fonts and the others are romaji. Several fonts are free, and others cost about 25USD. Especially interesting are the thick kana fonts juicyfruits2.0 and spicyfruits, and the Latin typeface Retroheavy Future (1998). Some would classify these as Japanese techno fonts. Alternate site. Font Pavilion sells Juicy Fruits and Metro (1998). Models (silhouettes of people) was designed by Nobutaka Sato (1998). All fonts are designed or co-designed by "savwo". These include Aquasky 2.0, TGR 3.-, Typeout2097 and Space. Alternate URL. With Shin Sasaki at Extra Design, he made Cubicle in 1999. He also made Fat Ultra (1998, Extra Design).
CYMingHK is an OpenType font based on Source Han Serif from Adobe and Google (it is called Noto Serif CJK when distributed by Google). A number of glyphs have been modified so that it is more suitable for use in Hong Kong. Note: Source Han Serif / Noto Sans CJK were originally designed by Ryoko Nishizuka (kana & ideographs), Paul D. Hunt (Latin, Greek & Cyrillic), Wenlong Zhang (bopomofo), Sandoll Communication, Soo-young Jang and Joo-yeon Kang (Hangul elements, letters & syllables). [Google] [More] ⦿
D. Paul Alecsandri
Dai Nippon Printing Co., or DNP, est. 1876, is one of the largest comprehensive printing companies in the world. It was originally known as Shueisha. Designers of the Japanese typeface family DNP Shueitai. They write: Shueitai is a typeface that has been undergoing development for more than a century. As Japan underwent rapid modernization during the early years of the Meiji era, Shueisha, believing that printing was a business befitting a modern civilized society, began operations with a focus on letterpress. Before long the company expanded into developing its own typefaces. In 1912 it completed a full range of Mincho type, in sizes from Sho-go (#0 size, 42pt) through Hachi-go (#8, 4pt), which it called Shueitai, a new style that came to form one of the two mainstreams of Japanese typefaces and continues to have a significant influence on font design even today. The Shueitai typeface is distinguished by abundant variations matching the size of type and the changing demands of the times. Whether it is the spirited and powerful Sho-go, the delicate and flowing San-go (#3, 16pt), or the bright and solidly reassuring Shuei-Mincho L, all Shueitai typefaces share a vibrant brushwork that adds an expression of eloquence and a burst of brilliance to every printed word. Currently, Shueitai is composed of 17 kinds of fonts.
The DMT Shuei family, published in 2018, consists of DMT Shuei Mincho Pr6 Light, DMT Shuei Mincho Pr6 Medium, DMT Shuei Mincho Pr6 Bold, DMT Shuei YMincho Std Medium, DMT Shuei YMincho Std Bold, DMT Shuei Shogo Mincho Std Heavy (a didone style), DMT Shuei Gothic Kin Std Light, DMT Shuei Gothic Kin Std Medium, DMT Shuei Gothic Kin Std Bold, DMT Shuei Gothic Gin Std Light, DMT Shuei Gothic Gin Std Medium, DMT Shuei Gothic Gin Std Bold, DMT Shuei MGothic Std Light, DMT Shuei MGothic Std Bold, DMT Shuei Anti Std Bold, DMT Shuei 4go Std Medium, and DMT Shuei 4goB Std Heavy. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Japanese commercial foundry. Creators of the commercial fonts Military (Kata, hira), Y.M.C.font, UnionJack, KUROFUNE20000, Typostock, Dentypo, and kurofune95. Some free stuff: English-Kunyomi font "Kurofune". This font is present to the admiral Perry he came to Uraga in 1853. This is "Kanji-font" meets "English-font" (sic). Older URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Daisuke Sugisawa is a Japanese type designer who sells his fonts via Font Pavilion. BackSeat is a Japano-Latin sales ad font. Go here for Chopress-825683, and here for Backseat, Marmelade (1997) and Pomade. In Font Pavilion 12 (2000): Giddy-Alphabet, Giddy-Katakana, TeaSpoon-Alphabet, TeaSpoon-Katakana. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Latin and Japanese pixel fonts: Untitled, momoarufa, momokana1, momokana2, momokana3, momokana4, momokana5. In addition, this site has a number of dingbat typefaces, many containing hearts and cute objects: momofancy1, momofancy2, momohana, momoharu, momoheart, momoheart2, momohorror, momokira, momoosyare, momotegaki. [Google] [More] ⦿
Das Nest der Qualle
Ren Kiryu is the Japanese creator in 2007 of RN-DawnRaid (hand-printed), RN-Digitalian (LED simulation), RN-EasyCirclet-OL, RN-EasyCirclet-WL, RN-EasyCirclet, RN-Fraktur1 (blackletter), RN-Gothic1 (blackletter), RN-HoneyBlade, RN-Italic1, RN-Laboratory, RN-Lagopus, RN-LovelyBaby, RN-MilkCafe, RN-RibbonSweets (curly), RN-RoughhewnRomancer, RN-SealingClub, RN-SugarRuskHoney, RN-SwingingJohn, RN-UncialHalfUncial1, RN-disStrayedGhost. Free downloads. [Google] [More] ⦿
Daughters of the Nile
Melinda Windsor from Ocala, FL (b. 1960) (but maybe also from Lincoln, NE), designed the occult dingbats font OccultDiary02 in 2001. Free Tamil fonts designed by her: KoothuCapsPlain, KoothuTamelTee, KoothuTamilFont, KoothuTamilFontBold, ThinaKoothuPowderCakes. Frigate (2001, Apostrophic Labs) is a display font family that includes kana characters as well. She is making a new font set, Plastic, at Apostrophic Labs. The Cyrillic/Latin version of Plastic No. 28 (2001). [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese foundry with excellent web pages on early 20-th century type design. Shin Oka, or Shinya Okabe (b. 1976, based in Himeji) created various revival fonts in or just before 2009, many connected in some way to Tom Carnase and the phototype era. He specializes in 1970s and 1980s typefaces, often with open counters and high contrast. His fonts:
In 2020, Shin Oka released the caslon-sinspired Ivy Ivy, the piano key version of a fat Bodoni, the fashionable Gara Gara, the 1970s font Bern Bern, Super Bodo Bodo, the art deco / Bauhaus typeface Sophi Sophi, the art deco typeface Fifty Four, the fashion mag typeface Rache Rache, the Peignotian sans typeface Mid Mid Sun Sun, and the display didone Fau Fau. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Free Postscript interpreter w/ Japanese text processing capabilities, Aladdin copyright: package gs-aladdin-vflib 5.10-7.2. Page by Atsuhito kohda. Note: package contains a kanji truetype font from the Kakugawa font library. [Google] [More] ⦿
Original kana and Latin fonts by Shuichi Ono, often of the comic book type. Fonts: Paranoia (2003), DD PARANOiA-MAX (2003, kana), November, DDDynamiteRave-N (2001), Poppers, Miracle Moon, Allnight, PetitCapsule, Dynamite Rave, Boys, DDboomboomkana, DDboomboom, DDbwonderland, DDheroBold, DDheroItalic, DDheroNormal, DDMiracleHiragana, DDMiracleNormal, DDwonderful, DDwWonderland, DDmerrowBold, DDmerrow, DDboomboomkadakana, DDMiracleKadakana, SacchiHiragana, Paranoia, Brilliant2U (circled letters), Lucky Love (pixel font), PetitLove (pixel font for kana), Kaorin (irregular handprinting). The latter fonts are not free. [Google] [More] ⦿
Organized font archive. Many subcategories including Party fonts, Holiday fonts, Balloons, Halloween, Christmas, screen fonts, phonetic fonts, African, Balinese, Bengali, Burmese, Cambodian, Croata-glagolitic, Cyrillic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Malayan, Nepali, Nko, runes, Tamil, Vietnamese. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese foundry with some interesting output: Whisper (1997, curly Latin display font), Walk (2000, kanji font at Font1000), Shunyo Sora (2000, handwritten kanji face), Shunyo Yama (2000, handwritten kanji face), Shoten (2000, liquid Japanese face), Gakuen (2000, kanji as written by school kids), Bokusui (2000, minimalist kanji face), Bokkoku (2000, a sword-blade style kanji face), Kogatana (2000, sans serif kanji?), Tsumikishin (1999, a very liquid kanji face), Suiken (1999), Momotaro (1999, from the famous children's comic strips), Sekiin (1998), Kinshun (1998), Taikairei (1997, ink-run kanji face), Tsumiki (1997, rectangular letters), Taikaishinsyo (1997), Kururun (1997, curly kanji face), Bobu (1997, comic book font), Shunin (1996, ancient way of drawing kanji), Maimu (1996, geometrical kanji), Shunboku (1994), Buhin (2000, Latin letters made up from mechanical parts). [Google] [More] ⦿
Design Signal Co
Successful Japanese type designer, b. 1956, Nagasaki Prefecture. Creator of Gakuen, the gold prize in the 6th Morisawa Awards International Typeface Design Competition, 1999. A simple schoolyard kanji typeface of utter beauty available from Morisawa.
Saikusa published some Japanese typefaces at FONT1000.
His own company, Design Signal, published Hikari, Picolo, Strong, Corydance, Azure, Magokoro Bro., Type7, Ungrou, Yutampo, Soyokaze, Namikaze, Akari, Highcollar, Kinshichi, Rakugaki, Ayumin, Mambo, Rumba, TA Kirigirisu (used in many book covers, TV ads and web designs in Japan), Fudeshichishichi, Dada, Arinco, Showwa 70, Ikikoku, Flaming, Tomorrow Dream, Tomorrow Skip, Stage 1, Birthday 19, Birthday 21, Tomorrow Walk, U-min Walk, Ryushichi, Fudeshichi, Baby Walk, Itaikoku, Kirigirisu, Shotenkaku, Shotenmaru, Kotsubu, Mayumin Walk, Walk, Kokoro No. 1, Kokoro No. 2, Kokoro No. 3 (all together in TA KokoroF), Ryusen Haru, Ryusen Natsu, Ryusen AKi, Ryusen Fuyu.
His awards not mentioned above include three Ishi awards, and a Morisawa award at the 5th Morisawa International Typeface competition.
Japanese commercial foundry. They offer Latin fonts as well. Among dingbats and special fonts, we cite Benzion, Fraktura, MathFont, Nota, Numerals, Ornament, PiGraphA, PiGraphB. Designers of Takoyaki, sold at Font Pavilion. [Google] [More] ⦿
Major Korean type foundry set up in 2014 by Korean type designer Doo-Yul Kwak. Design210 takes credit for about one thousand orginal fonts. Kwak developed several major corporate typefaces for clients that include Samsung and KIA Motors. Design210's typefaces published at MyFonts all cover Latin and Hangul:
Designers HIGH (or: Keisuke Asami Design)
Keisuke Asami's fonts at Designers HIGH include kana and Latin versions for each typeface. Commercial, sold through Font Pavilion: KSKD3 (2003), DAF (2003, liquid crystal font), Strange Days, Arc and Line (1999), Octagon (1999), Massive, Ecoda. Free: 4or5H, Bitween10A, Bitween10A2, Bumpy (pixel font), COMMUNICATIONA, COMMUNICATIONH, COMMUNICATIONK, EDIFICE, EDITION12A, Elephant A, Elephant K, EQUIPMENT10, EQUIPMENTMONO, EQUIPMENTMONOLight, EQUIPMENTMONORoundLight, EQUIPMENTMONORoundRegular, FONTDELIC, KEY14A, KSKDATA10 (2000, pixel face), MASSIVE10A, MASSIVE10K, MULTIPLIESH, NERIMA, QUIPMonoRegular. Almost all are geometric techno fonts with Roman and Japanese versions. In Font Pavilion 12 (2000), they published MASSIVE, a Latin/kana font family. At FRONTLINE 01, they published Elephant (2002) (Elephanta, 2003). [Google] [More] ⦿
Yet another foundry of Nagoya, Japan-based designer Ryoichi Tsunekawa, who also runs Flat-It, Prop-A-Ganda, and Holiday Type. The first download is the industrial grotesk typeface Bebas Neue (2010), which was followed in 2014 by Bebas Kai, in 2018 by Bebas Neue Semi Rounded and Bebas Neue Rounded, and in 2019 by Bebas Neue Pro. Bebas Neue can now be had for free at Open Font Library and at FontFabric, where new weights and a Cyrillic were added. Bebas Neue v2 is free at Github and Google Fonts. Dedicated web site.
The connected signage typeface Sneaker Script and the 19th century set of ornaments Gothic Extras followed in 2012 and 2011, respectively. Great Victorian (2012) follows the prototypical Victorian style.
In 2015, Dharma Type published the great ultra-black creamy signage script Piepie. In 2016, he published the powerful layered Mighty Slab.
Typefaces from 2017: Pansy Bo (calligraphic), Nothing (script), Daisy Lau (calligraphic), Banana (script), Lily Wang (calligraphic), Calling Code (monospaced programming font), Commuters Sans (elegant wide sans), Mighty Slab, Rigid Square (octagonal), Taro (sans), Concrete Stencil.
Typfaces from 2018: Victorian Orchid (a transitional text typeface characterized by a Victorian era A and a frolicking lower case g), Dr Slab (an extraordinary layerable and colorable rounded slab poster typeface), Code Saver (a condensed monospaced programming font), Sometype Mono (a free programming font family; MyFonts link).
Typefaces from 2019: City Boys Soft, City Boys (sans), Slow Tempo (a relaxed sans family), Baby Baby (an experimental layerable font), Dharma Gothic Rounded. Like Dharma Gothic, it is an antiqued condensed sans serif designed inspired by 1800s-style wood type. It comes in 42 styles.
Typefaces from 2022: Debugger (a 6-style octagonal monospaced programming font).
Dick Pape: Renji Murata
In 2009, Dick Pape created the scanbat typeface Range Murata. He writes: Renji "Range" Murata (born October 2, 1968 in Osaka) is a Japanese artist and designer, known for his unique style combining Art Deco and Japanese anime elements. He is best known for his conceptual design work on anime series Last Exile and Blue Submarine No. 6. Download page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese techno fonts (katakana, hiragana): Astro Pop, Cage, Cocoon, Cyborg Assassin, Discotic, Metallic Combatant, Spermula, Spermula Oblique, Spermula Ultra, Spermula Ultra Oblique, Terror Reverse Wing, Terror Wing, Third World Cinema Kana, Third World Cinema Latin, Ultraman Album Collection. [Google] [More] ⦿
Digital Flame Studios
Japanese site which has Kokkei Mizu's free fonts, such as the screen typeface Pixelation (2005). Dafont mentions that the designer is Sindre Smâ (b. 1993, Norway).
Japanese foundry. At some point, some of its fonts were part of FRONTLINE 01. The list of fonts fonts (free, kana only): Kannana, Hitsujigumo, Harigane, DB Straight10 (pixel font, Latin), Aoi-Kaku, Ayase, Madara, Hanahata, Ohzakai, Motogi, Gaura. [Google] [More] ⦿
Yoshiyasu Ito's free fonts (Roman and Katakana): the gorgeous Calligraphism, the interesting Labyrinthism. More complete list: D3-Archism, D3-Archism-I, D3-Beatmapism, D3-Beatmapism-Curve, D3-Beatmapism-Neo, D3-Biscuitism, D3-Biscuitism-Bold, D3-Calligraphism, D3-Concretism-typeA, D3-Concretism-typeB, D3-Cosmism, D3-Cosmism-Hiragana, D3-Cosmism-Hiragana-Oblique, D3-Cosmism-Katakana, D3-Cosmism-Katakana-Oblique, D3-Cosmism-Oblique, D3 Craftism (3d face), D3-Cubism, D3-Digitalism, D3-Digitalism-Italic, D3 Egoistism (octagonal), D3-Euronism, D3-Factorism-Alphabet, D3-Factorism-Italic, D3-Factorism-Katakana, D3-Factorism-Katakana-Italic, D3-Guitarism, D3-Honeycombism (hexagonal), D3-Honeycombism-Bold, D3-Honeycombism-Sorround, D3-Isotopism, D3-Labyrinthism-katakana, D3-Labyrinthism, D3-Mochism, D3-Mouldism-Alphabet, D3-Mouldism-Round-Italic, D3-Mouldism-Katakana, D3-Mouldism-Round-Alphabet, D3-Parallelism, D3-PazzlismA, D3-PazzlismB, D3-PipismS, D3-PipismW, D3-RoundSquarism, D3-Stonism, D3-Streetism, D3-Streetism-Katakana, D3-Sufism, D3-Surfism_I, D3-Surfism_IO. Alternate download place where you can also find D3-Circuitism, D3-Circuitism-Oblique, D3-Concretism-typeA, D3-Concretism-typeB, D3-Cozmism, D3-Cozmism-Hiragana, D3-Cozmism-Hiragana-Oblique, D3-Cozmism-Katakana, D3-Cozmism-Katakana-Oblique, D3-Cozmism-Oblique, D3-Electronism, D3-Electronism-Katakana, D3-Smartism-TypeA, D3-Smartism-TypeB, D3-Witchism.
Commercial Japanese font outfit, involved in various font activities. Their fonts are featured at and sold by P22 in the Font Pavilion CD series. Each set features several Roman and Katakana fonts in TrueType for Windows and PostScript for Macintosh. Of particular interest is the DPI72 series, all screen pixel fonts in type 1 format:
Donna M. Stewart
Dot Colon (also: Arro, Alt Rivet)
Japanese foundry, formerly Alt Rivet. Superb free fonts: Route 159 (2016, a sans designed for legibility), Eunomia (2013, a sci-fi sans), Seshat (2012), Penna (2011, beautiful hairline sans), Ferrum (roman capitals inspired by the logo of the Final Fantasy series), Medio (didone), Vegur (sans), all developed from 2004 until 2011. Tenderness (2007) is a high-legged beauty of art deco heritage loosely inspired by Garamond and Optima.
Downloads of many truly free font packages for all languages. Besides the Ghostscript type 1 collection, the free Charter fonts, and the Utopia, Luxi and Courier series, we find these truetype fonts: 09t@, AndaleMono, Antiqu@rk, Arial-Black, Arial-BoldItalicMT, Arial-BoldMT, Arial-ItalicMT, ArialMT, Baekmuk-Batang, Baekmuk-Dotum, Baekmuk-Gulim, Baekmuk-Headline, Bandal, BitstreamCyberBase-Roman, BitstreamVeraSans-Bold, BitstreamVeraSans-BoldOblique, BitstreamVeraSans-Oblique, BitstreamVeraSans-Roman, BitstreamVeraSansMono-Bold, BitstreamVeraSansMono-BoldOb, BitstreamVeraSansMono-Oblique, BitstreamVeraSansMono-Roman, BitstreamVeraSerif-Bold, BitstreamVeraSerif-Roman, BousungEG-Light-GB, ComicSansMS-Bold, ComicSansMS, CourierNewPS-BoldItalicMT, CourierNewPS-BoldMT, CourierNewPS-ItalicMT, CourierNewPSMT, Eunjin, GBZenKai-Medium, GeometricSlab703BT-Light, GeometricSlab703BT-LightItalic, Georgia-Bold, Georgia-BoldItalic, Georgia-Italic, Georgia, Impact, LuxiMono-Bold, LuxiMono-BoldOblique, LuxiMono-Oblique, LuxiMono, LuxiSans-Bold, LuxiSans-BoldOblique, LuxiSans-Oblique, LuxiSans, LuxiSerif-Bold, LuxiSerif-BoldOblique, LuxiSerif-Oblique, LuxiSerif, Kochi-Gothic, Kochi-Mincho, Ongdalsam, Sazanami-Gothic-Regular, Sazanami-Mincho-Regular, ShanHeiSun-Light, TimesNewRomanPS-BoldItalicMT, TimesNewRomanPS-BoldMT, TimesNewRomanPS-ItalicMT, TimesNewRomanPSMT, Trebuchet-BoldItalic, TrebuchetMS-Bold, TrebuchetMS-Italic, TrebuchetMS, UnBatang-Bold, UnBatang, UnBom, UnDotum-Bold, UnDotum, UnGraphic-Bold, UnGraphic, UnGungseo, UnJamoBatang, UnJamoDotum, UnJamoNovel, UnJamoSora, UnPen, UnPenheulim, UnPilgi-Bold, UnPilgi, UnShinmun, UnTaza, UnYetgul, Verdana-Bold, Verdana-BoldItalic, Verdana-Italic, Verdana, Webdings, ZenKai-Medium. They cover European, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese foundry. Besides a few katakana and hiragana fonts, they have these Latin pixel fonts made in 2002 and 2003: HM-Applique, HM-BitBox, HM-Break-Bit, HM-Coron, HM-D-HaryuBitOne, HM-EasyBitHR, HM-EasyBitKT, HM-Fine-Bit-Beam, HM-Fine-Bit-Edge, HM-FineBit, HM-FirmBit, HM-HaryuBitOne, HM-LankyBit, HM-LeanBit, HM-OthelloBlack, HM-OthelloWhite, HM-Sinker-Bit, HM-SlenderBit, HM-SquareBitHR, HM-SquareBitKT, HM-TinyBit, HM-Typer-Bit, HM-Wire-Bit. The designer is Haryu. Old URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dry Heaves Fonts (was: Phil Fonts)
Not to be confused with Phil's Fonts, Phil Fonts offers charityware fonts by Phillip Andrade who uses the nicknames Dry Bohnz, neatoguy and spamboy. Most fonts are grungy, and were designed roughly between 1999 and 2003.
The list: BlownDroid, Neatified, HappyLarry, IShotTheSheriff, Alien Marksman, EvilCow, Corporate Suit, BadHairDay, Tiptonian, Philbats. Grouped as Scroll fonts from the dead Sea, we find: Habbakuk Scroll (Hebrew), Manual of Discipline (Hebrew), Parthenon (Greek), Ambrosius, Problem Secretary (old typewriter), DeadCircuit, MoldyPillow, Pastorswrit, RadiatedPancake, StolenLlama, Untitled, WetNapkin, Worn Manuscript (1999, grungy blackletter), DustyWombat, NasalDrip, Alphasnail, CarbonatedFont, RaptorAttack (2001), Warped Greased Monkey, Alphasnail (2001), Beth David (1999, Hebrew), Greased Monkey (2001), Lost City (1999, Hebrew), Missing man out (2001), No Brainer (2001), Raptor Kill (2001), Spazbats (2002, dingbats), Speed of Oatmeal (2001), Troglodyte (2001), Polyphemus (2000), Infestation (2000), Hand Drawn Wasabi (2002, katakana font), I Am A Font Designer (2003, scanbats), Neosight (2003), FirstTemple (2003, an old Phoenician lettering font), ScreamingGuitar (2002, guitar dingbats), DHUgaritic (2003), PeskyPhoenicians (2003).
DSEG (2017) is a free set of original 7 segment and 14 segment (LED style) fonts, ten fonts in total. It contains DSEG7, DSEG14 and DSEGWeather (weather icons). The designer is Keshikan, who is based in Japan. Github link. Open Font Library link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese company that produced the dingbat fonts KamonJTCC, KamonLTCC in 2001. Other fonts are mostly kana fonts: FKG5, Gdmc5, Ioa5, Ss5, Ufo5 (kana). Hkf is Latin connected handwriting. Gdks is a partially full kanji font. Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Taiwan-based foundry involved in the production of both Chinese and Japanese fonts, est. 1987 as DynaLab. It now has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei. FontShop link. It made fonts such as LiSong Pro (2003, distributed with Apple software), LiHei Pro (2003, for Chinese, which can be downloaded here), Biau Kai (1995, distributed with Apple software), DFP Kantei Ryu, DFP Kyokashotai, and DFP Reisho.
Linotype sells these (incomplete list): DF Brush Japanese Font Family, DF Bu Ding Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Bun Cho Min Japanese Font Family, DF Cai Dai Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Craft Japanese Font Family, DF Dan Kai Sho Japanese Font Family, DF En En Japanese Font Family, DF En Kai Japanese Font Family, DF Fang Yuan Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Ga Gei Japanese Font Family, DF Gan Kai Sho Japanese Font Family, DF Gang Bi Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Glide Japanese Font Family, DF Go Hitu Gyo Sho Japanese Font Family, DF Gyo Kai Sho Japanese Font Family, DF Gyo Sho Japanese Font Family, DF H G Kai Sho Japanese Font Family, DF Hai Bao Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Hei Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Hibi Gothic Japanese Font Family, DF Hibi Gothic Japanese Font Family, DF Horror Japanese Font Family, DF Jin Wen Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF K Kai Sho Japanese Font Family, DF Ka Gei Japanese Font Family, DF Kai Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Kaku Pop Japanese Font Family, DF Kaku Tai Hi Japanese Font Family, DF Kann Tei Ryu Japanese Font Family, DF Kann Ting Liu Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Ken Ryu Gyo Sho Japanese Font Family, DF Ki Sou Kyu Japanese Font Family, DF Kin Bun Japanese Font Family, DF Ko Tai O Hi Japanese Font Family, DF Kyo Geki Japanese Font Family, DF Kyo Sui Japanese Font Family, DF Lei Ga So Japanese Font Family, DF Li Jin Hei Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Long Men Simplified Chinese Font Family, DFK Mincho Korean, DF Naughty Japanese Font Family, DF Neko Maru Japanese Font Family, DF PenJi Japanese Font Family, DF POP 1 Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF POP 2 Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF POP 3 Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF POP Mix Japanese Font Family, DF Ren Ren Japanese Font Family, DF Renga Japanese Font Family, DF Ribon Japanese Font Family, DF Script Li Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Miao Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Er Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Hsiu Traditional Chinese Font Family, Liu Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Tsai Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Ya Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Yun Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Chu Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Mo Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Pao Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Tou Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Script Qiao Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Shao Nv Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Shi Yi Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Shou Jin Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF So Sho Japanese Font Family, DF Song Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF SP Lei Sho Japanese Font Family, DF Star Gothic Japanese Font Family, DF Std Kai Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Std Song Traditional Chinese Font Family, DF Stick Japanese Font Family, DF Tan Li Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Taru Gothic Japanese Font Family, DF Tegaki Warabe Japanese Font Family, DF Toge Pop Japanese Font Family, DF Wa Wa Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Wie Bei Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Ya Song Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF YaYi Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Yu Ga So Japanese Font Family, DF Yuan Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Zong Yi Simplified Chinese Font Family, DF Zou Kei Japanese Font Family.
Major producer of Chinese and Japanese fonts. Dynafont OpenType 127 Chinese Fonts (2006) is Dynafont's latest OpenType Chinese font package with 127 fonts. It retails for 200 USD. see also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese company, selling Japanese and Chinese postscript fonts here. Example: 38 fonts for 2400 USD. Demo download page. See also here. The Corel 13 CD has these DynaLab CJK fonts, dated 1997: DFGothic-EB, DFGothic-SU, DFGothic-UB, DFGyoSho-Lt, DFKGothic-Bd, DFKGothic-Md, DFKMincho-Bd, DFKMincho-Md, DFKaiSho-Lt, DFKaiSho-Md, DFKaiSho-SB, DFKaiSho-UB, DFKoIn-W4, DFKyoKaSho-W4, DFLeiGaSo-W9, DFMaruGothic-Bd, DFMaruGothic-Lt, DFMaruGothic-Md, DFMaruMoji-SL, DFMaruMoji-W9, DFMincho-SU, DFMincho-UB, DFMincho-W5, DFPOP1-SB, DFPOP1-W12, DFPOP1-W3, DFPOP1-W5, DFPOP1-W9, DFPOP2-W12, DFPOP2-W9, DFRuLei-W5, DFRuLei-W7, DFSinSo-W3, DFSoGei-W7, DFSoKing-W3, DFSumo-W12, DFTFLeiSho-W5, DFTFLeiSho-W7, DFTFLeiSho-W9. [Google] [More] ⦿
Shinpei Ino graduated from a Japanese art school and worked for two design firms before founding East End in 2017. In 2021, he released the counterless geometric solid typeface Sails Next.
Edge of Perspective (or: EOP_takeshi)
Edo Moji are letter forms from the Edo period (when Edo was the capital of Japan). Hand-painted letters on storefronts and lettering on consumer goods led to many styles, often plumpish. We list a few:
American designer / programmer Aiden Catbagan describes himself in this way: Aiden Catbagan uses a combination of programming and traditional design tools to create typefaces from historical sources. By his using the latest technology and methods available the design process is streamlined and the results are of the highest quality.
In 2021, he published New Kakuji, as well as the most common surnames in Japan, in addition to many other historically and culturally significant words, going well beyond the scope of characters that were used in the Edo period. No other font has expanded the character set of the Kakuji Style to the same extent as New Kakuji. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Edward G.J. Lee
Efont (Electronic Font Open) project
A Japanese font project at Sourceforge being led by Hiroki Kanou. Fonts in this distribution include Kochi-Gothic, Kochi-Mincho (both are spindly), Sazanami-Gothic-Regular, Sazanami-Mincho-Regular (for Sazanami, see also here). Related projects: VL Gothic, Electronic Font IOpen Laboratory, Project Vine (by Daisuke Suzuki). The VL-Gothic-Regular and VL-PGothic-Regular (2006; VL stands for Vine Linux) also evolved from the Wada fonts but are associated with the Vine Linux Project and Daisuke Suzuki. Another subpage of links. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese type designer. He started out in the photo optical industry in Tokyo with Carl Zeiss and American Optical. He studied type design at the London College of Printing and the Royal College of Art. From 1979 until 1985 he worked at the graphic design firm Banks&Miles in London. There he redesigned Johnston Underground Sans for text setting as well as display use, now known as New Johnston, and carried out a feasibility study for space saving and legibility for the BT telephone directory, proving that Matthew Carter's Bell Centennial was the best suited typeface for the purpose. He also taught typography at Middlesex Polytechnic between 1980 and 1988. With Matthew Carter, he developed the full Roman and kanji OpenType font family Meiryo (2004), as part of Microsoft's ClearType project. Other participants on this project included Takeharu Suzuki of C&G and Yukiko Ueda. Meiryo won the Tokyo TDC 2007 award. He is currently a senior research fellow at University of Brighton, leading research into Edward Johnston's legacy. From 2015 until 2016, he is president of Double Crown Club in London, a dining club and society of printers, publishers, book designers and illustrators in London that was founded in the 1920s.
At ATypI 2007 in Brighton, he spoke about Sustainability and typography.
In 2012, he designed CC Art Sans for CCA Kitakyushu.
With Lida Lopes Cardozo, he designed Kindersley Street Italic, a typeface created to accompany Kindersley Street (2005), which in turn is a revival of David Kindersley's MoT Serif (1952).
In 2020, he published LDN Kono and LDN Kono Hairline at London Type. LDN Kono is a clean humanist sans family originally designed by Eiichi Kono for the Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu under the name CCAArt Sans. [Google] [More] ⦿
Electron is a Japanese site. Click on menu, then sozai, and then font to find these truetype bitmap creations by Shinji Yamaguchi: ele-chromosome, ele-cryptozoite, ele-digital-sneezing, ele-electrolysis-a, ele-electrolysis-k, ele-electrocardiogram. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free fonts by Wataru Tonohka (Electropithecus) made in 1999-2000: ET Aluminium, ET Electrotype, ET Technokid, ET Rocketype, Zipangu, Metal, BoogieBlocks (1999), BT6001, BT7001, BT8001, ET BT Ultra9, ET QtFunny, ET BT11B, ET BT 11A. Mostly computer simulation fonts. See also here. Fontspace link. [Google] [More] ⦿
At elefont (and before that at subform) we could fond the free (non-commercial use only) fonts Halvar, Bailando, Onaka (katakana) and Atmosphere (fantastic LED font), designed by Swede Mattias Jakobsson in cooperation with Daniel Brandt. Elefont disappeared but is revived at typOasis by CybaPee. Dafont link. Fontspace link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Great futuristic fonts for the Mac and PC by an unnamed designer: Doubt, Porhythm, Offon, Sneakout, Stride, Cosmos0, and a katakana font, ESPF-9806. Direct access.
Original fonts by Tetsu such as Devil Head (1997), ASAKI-YUMEMISI, Benzen-Ring, COASTER-TO-HELL, DEGI-pulse, GRCaGoon, JIGOCK-COASTER, MATH-BOOK, Panda-Boy, PromptDream, X-dotz, bonapalt-F, devil-head, gulchagon-gothic, hell-2. Alternate URL. Site vanished. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese creators of free techno fonts in 2009: 134217728 (dot matrix), Mondroid, Athlobatica, Energear, Ocatazke (almost Kafkaesque), Sorobin, Xbywire, Siki on koo, Octatrax. The hexagonal typeface Eusocia was added in 2014.
Japanese outfit based in Sendagaya, Tokyo, which made the commercial truetype font Keitai, based on a 12x12 bitmap. See also here. Other products include the Enfour Type Collection and the Type Bank Professional Font Series. [Google] [More] ⦿
The Epson Truetype fonts for Japanese (2000) are free: EPSON-FUTO-GYOSHO, EPSON-GYOSHO, EPSON-KAISHO, EPSON-FUTO-KAKUGO, EPSON-KYOKASHO, EPSON-MARUGO, EPSON-FUTO-MARUGO, EPSON-FUTO-MINCHO. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese designer(s) of the pixel typefaces Bwnsnw-Bitmap, Bwnsnw, Fanda-Black, Fanda-Egyptian, Fanda-Sans, Tdmex-Bitmap, and the display typefaces SukplenaPS (2004), Pruspic-Openface, Pruspic-Paint, and the art nouveau sans fonts Val-Blanc-Bold, and Val-Blanc. All typefaces are from 2001-2002, except where indicated.
Every Witch Way
D. Paul Alecsandri designed the runic fonts Futharc (2001), NewSymbolFont (2000) and Samaritan (2001). We also find the rather complete Unicode truetype font Roman-Unicode (2001), which cover all European, Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, Cyrillic, Thai and Indic languages, and provide kana as well (but not kanji). All parts of unicode covered. See also here.
Samaritan (2001) deals with a pre-Samaritan or pre-Babylonian Hebrew.
Originally designed for linguistics, the free typeface Chrysanthi Unicode (2001) contains all Unicode Latin characters (including Basic Latin, Latin 1 Supplement, Latin Extended A&B, IPA, and Latin Extended Additional) as well as Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, and everal others.
Free Mac and Windows fonts: the katakana SteelEdge and Heroic, and the Latin fonts Cootan, Cyclops and CKP (Chuck Kichit Pichit). The last three fonts are commercial. Some of these may be bought through Font Pavilion. Flower. [Google] [More] ⦿
Extract (was: Extra Designs)
Extract is a design studio in Sapporo, Japan, which consists of Nobutaka Sato, Yusuke Ohba, and Takuya Inomata. Before that, it was called Extra Designs.
As Extra Designs, it offered free original fonts designed by Shin Sasaki. There were also commercial fonts. The original list of typefaces included Takugin (romaji, kata, commercial), Animals, Compact, Cubicle (1999, 3d lettering, done with Nobutaka Sato), Dotchinhime, FatUltra, HelvetikanaBold, Leaves (original!), Nippon-Bold, Roundstyle, Diet (commercial, 2001, a simple script), Pavement, Squaretype 1.0 and 2. Direct access. Some of these are katakana fonts.
At Shift Factory: Nippon Bold 2.0, Helveticana Bold, Squaretype 2.0, Fat-Ultra 2.0, Animals, Leaves, Child Blocks, Sebastian. Paraline (2001) is a circle-geometric tri-line font family. Dub Ainu (2013) is a custom typeface for the Dub Ainu band.
Family Font Mart
Free fonts by Akihiro Oya in truetype format for Mac and PC: Nishichiba, NerimaNumber, BERLIN-REDRAIN-Italic, BERLIN-REDRAIN-Regular, Canarendon-Broken, Chubu-08-Normal, G.B.BOOT, GENERAL, GUNJU (very original stencil font), Horror-Impact-B, KANEIWA-alp-regular (simulated Japanese), Logic-twenty-five-A, Logic-twenty-five-Normal, Logic-twenty-five-Q, MEN'S-COSME, MINIMALHARD, MINIMALHARD2, NAKAMURA, Overheads, R.P.G.-KATAKANA, R.P.G., TAPEMAN, Telavision, VIET-MAP-LOVE, cubic-millimeter, enikusu-HG, square-millimeter, super-detective-kids, tamio-qn6, trattorian-2, videobeast-80's, namco_regular. Two of these are katakana fonts. All of them may be classified as experimental. Many can be used at small sizes on screens ("pixel fonts").
Keita Soejima's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: Squash, SPORTS WEAR, Portable, Cheese, Mog (2000), Plamoframe, Scooter E, Scooter J, Sportswear Sweat E, Sportswear Sweat J. Many fonts have katakana and romaji versions. Home page. Newest additions: Cartridge E, Edit E, Sponge E, Basic E, Portable E, Squash E. Mac fonts by Keita Soejima and Yo-Yo: two free Roman fonts (French Curve, Marking Marker), one Thai font (Taikana) and an experimental hiragana font (Koike) at this site run by Keita Soejima. Page at DEX Image. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Opentype Chinese fonts for Chinese typesetting available via CTAN, the Math TeX archive. The Fandol team consists of Clerk Ma and Jie Su. Created in 2013, the font family covers the basic Chinese styles, FandolSong (like didone), FandolHei (like sans), FandolKai (calligraphic) and FandolFang (like slab serif). All fonts cover Latin and Chinese, and some have Japanese coverage as well. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hiroyuki Watanabe (fatdesign) is a Japanese free font maker whose motto is It is one vomited by the individual. Designer at FontStruct in 2008 of fatbitboy. Their other creations from 2008, both Latin and Hirgana/Katakana, are often techno or experimental: FDF_Adapter, FDF_Architectsis, FDF_Beehive, FDF_HiragaNize, FDF_IrishIrish (stitching font), FDF_MiCRO-MINI (pixel face), FDF_Modanium, FDF_NANAMETTA-PIENETTA-TAKANA, FDF_Taspotron, FDF_WeatherPictgram. [Google] [More] ⦿
This archive contains ZY Song (2001, ZhongYi Electronic Co.), a 30,000 plus Chinese font. It covers these languages: Asu, Bemba, Bena, Bulgarian, Chiga, Chinese, Congo Swahili, Cornish, English, Gusii, Indonesian, Japanese, Kabuverdianu, Kalenjin, Kinyarwanda, Luo, Luyia, Machame, Makhuwa-Meetto, Makonde, Malay, Morisyen, North Ndebele, Nyankole, Oromo, Rombo, Rundi, Russian, Rwa, Samburu, Sangu, Shambala, Shona, Sichuan Yi, Soga, Somali, Swahili, Taita, Teso, Tibetan, Vunjo, Zulu. [Google] [More] ⦿
Chinese-Japanese-Korean fonts for figlet, a GNU Linux program by Francesco Tapparo. "Figlet is a program that creates large characters out of ordinary screen characters. It can create characters in many different styles and can kern and "smush" these characters together in various ways. Figlet output is generally reminiscent of the sort of "signatures" many people like to put at the end of e-mail and Usenet messages. " Fonts included: Fang Song Ti, Song Ti, CNS, Jiskan 16, Hanglg16, Kanglm16. [Google] [More] ⦿
Finder is a multiscript typeface developed in 2020 at Black Foundry by Jérémie Hornus, Gaëtan Baehr, Changchun Ye and Zhang Miao. This neutral sans is intended for interface design, and covers Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek, Hangul, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Simplified Chinese, Thai and Traditional Chinese. [Google] [More] ⦿
Download Ming Liu (TrueType) for Chinese Traditional, MS Hei (TrueType) for Chinese Simplified, MS Song (TrueType) for Chinese Simplified, MS Gothic (TrueType) for Japanese, MS Mincho (TrueType) for Japanese. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese foundry in Nagoya that offers free and commercial Latin fonts made by Ryoichi Tsunekawa, who also runs Bagel & Co, Dharma Type, HolidayType and Prop-A-Ganda. Most of his work was done at Flat-It. His typefaces:
Japanese site with original fonts by Kato Masashi (b. 1973), who lives in Takasaki (Gunma prefecture, Japan): Parismatch (2004), SAKUalp (2000, handwriting), Steeltype, Broadband, Hivision, Cinematime, Ultracomic, Ice Cream, Be Happy, Summer Beauty, Flyermix, Cheerscript, Breakstyle, Breakfont, Round, H-Five, Natsucomi, Long Vacation, Lovers, Breakfont (2003, graffiti style), Pokkaman, BeHappy, Natsucomi, Momolcan, Seasons Dings, Electron, Round, Lovers, FlyerMix (fifties style), CheerScript (comic book style), Hi-Five (pixel font), Summer Beauty, SummerDrive, White Day, Long Vacation, Amayadori (high contrast kana font), Fuyucomi, Icecream, Pickett, 321, Pingpong, Frontline, Ginza, Yago (nice free dings), Polaris, 321eng, 321kana, APPLE, CLIQUE, Clover (kitchen tile font, 1998), DIGI, Eneneng, Enenhira, FDalp, FDwhie, Hnoodle, Hanko (free black on white stamp font, 1998, see also here), MKCuer, MOOGIRLALP, MOOMILKKANA, Noodle, Origami, Pers, SA0kmh, SA100kmh, SA50kmh, SK0kmh, SK100kmh, SK50kmh, Template6, Tenten, Ami Font, Speedfont, Supercar, Sakura, Regoty, Shopping Famiry, Ticket, Yohic, Recording, Akachan, Wafont, Frontbit7, MusicNetwork, Yakitori (free handwriting font), Ticket, Folkdance (pixelized people), Human Building (dings of famous buildings), Bunny (free), Frontline0, Side5 (pixel font), Side6, Side7. Some pixel fonts, many techno fonts, some kana fonts, and the Japanese kids dingbat font, Folkdance. Some fonts, such as his Latin/Japano font ShoppingFamily (1998), are sold by Font Pavilion. Major Japanese free font links.
In 1999, he published the AMI screen pixel font series in Digitalogue's DPI72 package. Other commercial fonts: Pine Apple, the WM family, Cutie Girl, Astratic, PictPlasma, Minivan, Frontbit 7, Ginza, Zoological.
Free fonts as of 2007: Aiko, a 4-weight rounded sans with support for Latin and kana (see also here). Fonts made in 2007-2008: MobileDisco, AbbeyRoad-Alternative, HighwayStar, Kompakt, AbbeyRoad, Prefuse, Readymade (didone inspired by Corvinus and Giorgio).
Additions in 2009: Kanna W4, Sweet Doughnuts (rounded sans).
Fonts made between 1998 and 2008: 321, AirExpress, AirTickt, AMAYADORI, AMIFONT, APPLE, ASTRA, AYANO, BeHappy, bitneon, BORDER7, BREAKFONT, BroadBand, BUNNY, CALENDER, CheerScript, CinemaTime, CLIQUE, CLOVER, CutieGirl, Departure, DIGIT, ELECTRON, FlyerMix, FolkDance, FOLKDANCE2, FrontBit, FRONTLINE, FRONTLINE01, FUYUCOMI, GINZA, HANKO, HappyEnd, hiFive, HumanBuild, IceCream, ICHIGO, JAPON2, KAKIZOME, KEYMODE, LabLife, LongVacation, LoversMINIMONO, MKCUTTER, MOMOKAN, MooFont, MusicNet, NATSUCOMI, Nenga, Noodele, OnePiece, oneBox, Origami, ParisMatch, Pers, Pickett, PICTdings, PictPlasma, PineApple, PingPong, pokkaman, Polaris, PopStar, Puzzle, Recoya, REGO, ROUND, SAKURA, SAMACAN, Seazons, Shopping, SIDE5, SIDE51byte, SIDE6, SIDE61byte, SIDE7, SPEED, STAMPER, SteelType, SummerBeauty, SummerDrive, SuperCar, Template5, TenTen, Ticket2, UltraComic, WHITEday, Yabako, Yago, Yakitori (handwriting of Mayumi Kakegawa), Yothic, Zoological, Nippondings, Caredings, TraficSignsWLD, TraficSigns, JPN, Kamondings, Kamondings2, Kurashidings, Okonomi, FunnyFace, Hotsuma, Toyokuni, Constellation, SunnyDay, BOXdings, Machinedings, CLICKdings, Berrys, Container Box, Twinkleline, Minivan, Akachan.
Dingbats: Kurashidings, IchigoC, TraficsignsWLD, TraficsignJPN, Nenga, Kamondings2, Kamondings, Breakstyle, Pictdings, Zoological, Caredings, Clickdings, Funnyface, seasons, Pictplasma, Humanbuilding, Nippondings, Yago, Boxdings, Toyokuni, Constellation (astrological symbols), Machinedings, Hotsuma, Folkdance, Calender.
Japanaese handwriting fonts: Aiko, Haruka, Syuntaro, YUKI, Ryunosuke.
Futuristic/ geometric fonts: MobileDisco, AbbeyRoad-Alternative, HighwayStar, Kompakt, AbbeyRoad, Prefuse.
"Funny" fonts: IchigoR, Ultracomic, Amayadori, Parismatch, hanko, LongVacation, Cinamatime, Natsucomi, Okonomi, IceCream, Yakitori, Cutiegirl, Monokan Wa, Shopping, Lovers, Fuyucomi, Berrys, Akachan, Bunny, Clover, Pokkaman, Pickett, Electron.
Cool fonts: Sunnyday, HiVision AirTicket, Lablife, Flyermix, Popstar, AirExpress, Broadband, Recording, Breakfont, Frontline, Ami, Minivan, Side5, Side6, Summerdrive, Digit, Supercar, Frontline00, BeHappy, Steeltype, Onepiece, Puzzle, Astlatic, Stamper.
Download page of their free silhouette dingbat images. In 2014, they created the free art deco typeface Jazzkissa. In 2018, they published the full CJK font Soukou Mincho (by Ken Lunde and Masataka Hattori) at Fontsquirrel for free download.
With the help of Mark Abbott I finally located the free fonts on this Japanese page: click prod [van icon], then go to the pull down menu on the right. The fonts: Basicdots, Chimneyb12, Hachy, Harchar, Iceleven, Moonglow, North-Pole, Risingsun, Skyliner, Hachicro. These are mostly pixel fonts, all created by Masachika Yamasaki. The foundry is/was associated with "North Pole". [Google] [More] ⦿
Aka fluffybanana101 and Font Fabulous. Tokyo-based creator (b. 1990) of the primitive hand-printed typefaces Primrose (2013), Picture This (2013), Tree Hugger (2013), Confetti Falling (2013), Proper Princess (2013), Sugar Lemonade (2013), Cream Donut (2013), Study Notes (2013), Love Struck (2013), Bacon Farm (2013), Doodles (2013), Daydreamer (2013), Love Me Again (2013, +Two), Mary Kate (2013), Lovestruck (2013), Miss Terious (2013), Pretty Pastel (2014).
Izumi Najamura is the Japanese designer of these free fonts: FF_FamilyCockpit (2006, blocky), FF_Himekazura-H (2006, blocky hiragana), FF_Himekazura-K (2006, blocky katagana), FF_LogicBox, FF_PetitBiscuit1.9, FF_SingaSong, FF_Suzuki-Al, FF_Suzuki-K. Mostly, these fonts are experimental and incomplete. [Google] [More] ⦿
FOD:4 stands for Fonts Over Drive Four. Free truetype fonts for PC and Mac: DH-Angry-Santa-Claus, DemonCubicBlock-NKP, DemonCubicBlock-NKP-Black, DemonCubicBlock-NKP-Dark, DemonCubicBlock-NKP-Shade, DemonCubicBlock-NKP-Tile, DemonCubicBlockFont, DemonCubicBlockFont-Black, DemonCubicBlockFont-Dark, DemonCubicBlockFont-Shade, DemonCubicBlockFont-Tile (a family of 3d block fonts for Latin and katakana), DemonDaDaFont, DH-GENTRY, DH-GENTRY-(SIDE-B), DH-O-Ne-Sho, Hayasaw, DemonicHyperNovaFont, DemonKakubariFont, DemonMetallicFont, SonicDemonFont, Windows, DemonWipeOutFont, DemonWipeOutFont-Proportional, DemonicWipeoutXLFont, DemonWipeoutXLFontProportional.
Fonderie de Bertrand Loeulliet
Fonderie de Bertrand Loeulliet was a Paris-based foundry specializing in foreign languages in the 19th century. Léon de Rosny and Bertrand Loeulliet published Spécimen de caractères japonais Kata-Kana / gravés par Bertrand Loeulliet; sous la direction de Léon de Rosny in 1858. This 4-page folio is available at the Bibliothèque royale de Belgique in Brussels. [Google] [More] ⦿
Banda Aceh, Indonesia-based designers of the script typefaces Luxurious Line (2015), Ramsteinz (2015: calligraphic), Gracias (2015, thick brush), Hello Listie (2015), Glytten (2015), Adelle Script (2015) and Loft Yian (2015), the display typeface Vardy (2015, film noir style), and the wonderful rough brush font The Mistie (2015).
Typefaces from 2016: De Black, Fortescue, Heart Signal, Hey Dory, Toretto, Honey Land (brushed calligraphic font family), Ravenclaw (Halloween font), Jaguar (dry brush), Champagne (an inky brush typeface), Sharktooth, Lovely Kenzie, Labyrinth (bilined), Cashy Allen (brush script), Joker (handcrafted), Coralie (curly script), La Viola (free thick brush typeface), Captain America (octagonal and interlocking), Brightscales (curly script), Chicksar, Typefloss (a nice dry brush font), Lovelight, Alexandria (Greek simulation font), Brushello, Cherry Blossom (a children's font), Woodpecker (wood plank typeface), Cataleya (free).
Typefaces from 2017: Luxurious Line, Camelone, Glamorous Silhouette, Russell, Vardy, Forester (vintage slab serif), Soeltin, Almera, Relevant, Mellany (script), Tomodachi Hiragana. Behance link. Another Behance link. Aka Voryu. [Google] [More] ⦿
Located in Oakland, Font Aid V was created for the sole purpose of collectively designing a commercial pictotype called Made for Japan (2011) to support the victims of the terrible 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Font de Material
Cute Japanese archive with over 500 fonts. Some original fonts and alphadings by "Michon" such as Chemi, DARUMA, Hearts, LadyBug, Michousa1, Michousa2, CometBitFM*11, Cute-2, Cute-3, Cute-3D, Cute-Bag, Cute-Cutout, Cute, HeartBitFM, Michotulip, PampBit*fm15, RabbitBitFM, Shodo, SimpleBitFM13, Snake-one, Till-Party*20. Some of these are pixel fonts. No font, however, has any punctuation symbols. Has a Valentine font archive.
A collection of fonts by Japanese artists (not free): FRONTLINE01 (Bonus Title Font), Add (AddBlackImpact), COOZ (BMspiral), C-FONT (Cube01), CLOPS (Dachshund), COSMIC-COSMOS/Kenichiro (Neroppu), COUT WORKS (DSCF), Designers High (elephant), DigitalDreamDesign (D3 Groovism), Digital Works Updside K (Aoi-Kaku), FLOP DESIGN (FRONTLINE), Graphic Arts Unit (editmode16), GRAYVISION (Solidstate), KEIY (Pipot), Kivart (Punition), kuzumiHK (DustGhost), Miffies (M42_FLIGHT 721), Maniackers Design (ARAWASU), Naba (STONE), norm09 (Virus), nowconceptsite/makoto (sandpaper), PSYCHOGRAPHERS!/KOU (BIRDISH), SHAKAGRAPHICS/COLA (GRIDSYSTEM), Smile Girls with FD (Cutie Girl), softroclub (Janis Heavy), Third Entertainment featuring MKSD (Honey), Tosouka Utaru (Gatload), holiday (Ribbontic), Love Radio (TMRfont), YUKI (flow&passage), ZETUEI FONTS (emiwareru -oblique (Hiragana)), RIM FILMs (Suehirogari+90), kurihara taketugu (Frost-Medium), Denenchofu Design (poppers), Petuko (OLDA), OHMINATO Kazuaki Design (Twist(Katakana)), Wing.zero (TYPE-CHAIR), plus about four other fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
Font Laboratory (A.S.P.)
Font Mura no Fude Yoko-chou
Font Mura no Fude Yoko-chou offered commercial Japanese fonts for public displays or comic books: Amakara, Sekizou, Fight, Shanaari, Mokuhen, Kiraku, Kamifuusen, Kareha.
The company ceased all activities in 2006. In 2021, Mutsuba Jouhou obtained the rights to edit and sell two of his fonts, Amakara and Fight from Ikuo Fujimori, former owner and type designer, in 2017. These typefaces were updated and improved in the process and released in 2021. [Google] [More] ⦿
A set of 15 font CDs from Digitalogue in Japan, marketed through P22. 1000USd for the full collection. About 70USD per CD, with each collection containing about 50 fonts from about 20 Japanese designers. Font names. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free bitmap/screen fonts. Also, these outline fonts: Voltage, Starbow, StarDust, Cocoon, Horn Medium, all made in 1993. Also: Crescent Moon, Millennium, Whie Hole, Black Hole, Egghead, Cross-Stitch, Hypnosis, Spaghetti, Soft Cream, Town House Maxixe, Sikibu, Kurenai. I have no idea how to download these. [Google] [More] ⦿
The type designers:
The typefaces include TA-Aotama, TA-Kai L, TA-Kai R, TA-Kai M, TA-Kai B, TA-Kai E, TA-Hogan K250, TA-Hogan K375, TA-Hogan K500, TA-Hogan K625, TA-Hogan M250, TA-Hogan M375, TA-Hogan M500, TA-Hogan M625, TA-Houdate K250, TA-Houdate K375, TA-Houdate K500, TA-Houdate K625, TA-Houdate K700, TA-Houdate M250, TA-Houdate M375, TA-Houdate M500, TA-Houdate M625, TA-Houdate M700, TA-Anzu R, TA-Anzu, TA-Roman, TA-Kinmokusei, TA-Hanamaki, TA-Maruhanamaki, TA-Chushobokunen, TA-Sakura, TA-Tsubaki, TA-Nara, TA-Megadot 9, TA-Kesera, TA-Walk, TA-Mayuminwalk, TA-Babywalk, TA-Ryusen-haru, TA-Ryusen-natsu, TA-Ryusen-aki, TA-Ryusen-fuyu, TA-Kotsubu, TA-Shotenkaku, TA-Shotenmaru, TA-Kokoro No. 1, TA-Kokoro No. 2, TA-Kokoro No. 3, TA-Kirigirisu, TA-Itaikoku, TA-Ryushichi, TA-Fudeshichi, TA-Kiraku L, TA-Waraku M, TA-Gagaku M, TA-Gagaku B, TA-Suruga U, TA-Karuta EL, TA-Karuta BOLD, TA-Porkadot, TA-Kotatsu, TA-Ruby, TA-Intore, TA-Donmai, TA-Tanteidan, TA-candy, TA-toriA, TA-toriB, TA-Pochi, TA-Plus, TA-Marusan, TA-Sampobito, TA-24H, TA-Jgu, TA-Jcheki, TA-Countryroad, TA-Booing, TA-Sekka, TA-Neuron, TA-Dejikombu, TA-Kikori, TA-Tsurumaru, TA-Omusubi, TA-Suzume, TA-Andante, TA-Aki, TA-CousinAun F, TA-Hasemomo R, TA-Ikku, TA-Sigma, TA-Doramin, TA-Quadra, TA-Kotodama L, TA-Kotodama R, TA-Kotodama F, TA-Kotodama U, TA-KintetsuMi BT, TA-KintetsuMi DT, TA-Shirabe, TA-Love Kaku L, TA-Love Kaku R, TA-Love Kaku M, TA-Love Kaku B, TA-Love Kaku U, TA-Love KakumaruL, TA-Love KakumaruR, TA-Love KakumaruM, TA-Love KakumaruB, TA-Love KakumaruU, TA-Love Maru L, TA-Love Maru R, TA-Love Maru M, TA-Love Maru B, TA-Love Maru U, TA-Love Marumaru L, TA-Love Marumaru R, TA-Love Marumaru M, TA-Love Marumaru B, TA-Love Marumaru U, TA-MomoG L, TA-MomoG R, TA-MomoG M, TA-MomoG DB, TA-MomoG B, TAKazunnikoro B, TAKazunnikoro H, TAKazunnikoro BI, TAKazunnikoro FH, TAKazunnikoro FBI, TAKazunnikoro FO, TA-Wakusei K-L, TA-Wakusei K-R, TA-Wakusei K-M, TA-Wakusei K-B, TA-Wakusei K-U, TA-Wakusei A-L, TA-Wakusei A-R, TA-Wakusei A-M, TA-Wakusei A-B, TA-Wakusei A-U, F1-Jaroku B, F1-DoudouKaisho, F1-Seiryu L, F1-Lineboard B, F1-Tegami, F1-Circle, F1-Yogurt, F1-Hierosu R, F1-TogetsuKanteiryu, F1-Clip M, F1-Tombo, F1-13049PIC-JPN10, F1-Stick M, F1-Yamabiko B, F1-Blockline, F1-Hiro. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese foundry of Hajime Kudo. Its fonts include Cinema (Mincho, Gothic), Gal (Muromachi, Gothic), Seizen (Gothic, Roman), Classic, GCRef, Old GCRef, Shinso (+Mincho), Pop.
The full list of typefaces: Cinema Mincho Kana, Cinema Gothic Kana, Gal-ji Gothic Kana, SF Muromachi Gal Kana, SF Seizen Roman Kana, SF Seizen Gothic Kana, Classic Mincho Kana, Classic Gothic Kana, SF G Clef Kanak, SF Old G Clef Kana, SF Kaku Pop-tai Kana, SF Shinso Gothic Kana, SF Shinso Mincho Kana, Classic Mincho W3-IPA, Classic Gothic W3-IPA, Comic W4-IPA, TowerGothic, KesaranPasaran, qoocRoman, Sampomichi, Tokage-no-Shippo HR.
Fontazilla (was: Psychographers)
Fontazilla (was: Psychographers) is a Japanese foundry that offers free and commercial comic book fonts made by Kou Nakamura.
Free fonts: Bradlies (2006, athletic lettering), Garbage (2002), GIANtX (2001, octagonal athletic letters), GORG (2001, comic book face), KICKS (2001, comic book style), Losers (2007, comic book style), Monomen (2007), QUICKONE (2004), Saucerama (2004), Sparkle (2007), Wheels (2007).
Japanese type foundry. Their typefaces include:
Hideaki Ohtani is the main designer at fontgraphic.com. In Digitalogue's DPI72 package, he published the screen fonts F2-BoldScriptALP, F2-BoldScriptKT, F2-ScriptALP, F2-ScriptKT. Old pagers with about 15 pixel/dot matrix fonts with kana and Latin glyphs, very legible on screens. Font list: F5-Normal, FN35, FR57, F0 through F5, Diagon, DK, BK, Codename DB, Codename DKB. [Google] [More] ⦿
Creator of the Neotechnic series of (free) fonts: Accudigit Regular, Accudigit Body, Parma, Intermatrix (1998), Matricies, Hako, Basic. The designer, Michael Hernan made these fonts between 1995-1998, and writes: About Neotechnic Series: This series of Fonts reflect the information industry at the end of the 20th century and its obsession with classification. Each typeface captures a different aspect of our recent info-culture. He obtained an MA in typeface design from the University of Reading in 2008. At Reading, he designed Pseudo (2008). He started FontGroup in 2008, but that no longer exists (and the link died). His old site, sitehernan, has not been updated in many years. The last typefaces shown at FontGroup before its demise included: Isoglyph (2009), Pseudo (2008-2009), Helvetica Kiss Fit (2006), Helvetica PointSign, Helvetica MultiDigit, UnicaDeux (2006, after an André Gürtler design), KataKana, Galactic Slab, Hako (dot matrix), Bodoni Arabic Numerals, Accudigit Body (1997, pixel face), AfterModule (1997, pixelish), Basic RCT (1995, pixel face), Block Normal (1993), EuroPop, 469 (numerals), g1055, InterMatrix (1998, dot matrix), Matricies Positive (1996, gridded), Matricies Negative (1996), Newer Alphabet, Octane (2005, octagonal and geometric), Fuiji Numbers (pixel face), Parma Sixtyeight (1996, inspired by a No. 6 on the side of Nelson Piquet's 1984 Brabham Racing car), Photo Numbers (pixel face), Pre Recollect, Quartz, Readable Dog, Shasyoku Moji II, Steiner Numbers (2005, numerals), Week Day, Alumi (1996, a squarish typeface based on a design by Saul Bass), Astra (1996, after a 1973 Letraset typeface called Star Marquee), Epps Evans (1995-1997, after Herbert Spencer), New Alphabet (1996, experimental, minimal, based on Wim Crouwel's alphabet), Volume Control (1999, dings), Fine Line (1994), Humana, Clock Face (1995, numbers for clocks). See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Commercial Japanese foundry set up in 2002 by Kazuo Kanai, who won the first Morisawa type design competition back in 1983. Kazuo Kanai has published fonts at Morisawa, Dai Nippon Printing, Type Bank and his own label, Ren Font. At Font-Kai, he sells the exquisite 12-weight kanji family called Kai. Alternate URL.
In 2021, Font-Kai released these Japanese fonts at Google Fonts: Kaisei Decol, Kaisei HarunoUmi, Kaisei Opti (a modern font), and Kaisei Tokumin (a headline font; the name is an abbreviation for Tokuta Mincho Kana).
Michel Bujardet (a Frenchman living in West Hollywood, CA) runs Matchfonts, and started Fontmenu.com in August 2001. Commercial fonts, and free demos in all formats.
A partial list of fonts:
Free fonts made in Japan from 2006 until 2007 by Yoshihisa Nakai: FontopoBREEZE, FontopoELEPOP, FontopoFONTOPO, FontopoHATOPOPPO, FontopoNEUTRAL, FontopoNIKUKYU, FontopoORIENTAL, FontopoSOLID, FontopoSUBWAY, FontopoYANWARI. Mostly typographical experiments with incomplete character sets. Some handwriting fonts. Kana and Latin. Other designs: Synapse (2007), Planet to Planet (2007), Retro Paradise (2007), Fontopo Sunny Day, Planetarium, Dancers, Hannari, Kodomo Light, Kodomo.
Fontosaurus (est. 1996) has about 75 original giftware fonts by Dan Bailey (b. Minnesota, 1972) from Eagan, MN and now Coon Rapids, MN: Blowfish (2001), Negotiated (2006), GhettoBooty (2003), Laika (2003), Amerinese, Heptathalon, Riffic (2002), XMR (2002), Amerikatakana (2002), Experimenta (2002), Tapdance (2002, a great ultra-high contrast Broadway face), Casual Roman (2002, not free), Casual Roman Capitals (2002, not free), Heater (2001), Crank (2001), Halloweenies (2001), GaramOrbital (2001), Microbial (2001, pixelized), Inception (20USD), Fallen Thyme (a hacker font: letters are overlayed in Chank Diesel's Thymesans), Candycorn Overdose (2001), Statebats (2001), Whackbats (2001), 5by (bitmap font for the Mac), Deadwrong (2001), Alien Artifact (2001), Hoodoo Two (2001), Noonan (2001), YChrome (2001), Martini (2001), DresdenFirestorm (2001), Backlash, Brainwave, Whiplash, BlockheadInsecure, Blockhead, BlockheadSpeedy, CancunSiesta, CitizenDick (double writing), CSDAnorexic, CSDMegabold, CSDNormal, CSDPhattie, Danwriting, Eagan, Ebola Jones (2001), FallenDirty, Fallen, KaffeinePsychosisHeavy, KaffeinePsychosis, LucidityNormal, LuciditySlasher, MankatoHalfwit (outlines), MarsColony, MyFriendPoopa, OralExpulsive, Preternatural, Psychoactives (great!), RadiationBurn, Soviet2002, Starvetica, 989MaxProtect, Ablative (2001), Crackaddict, Harleysville, Juggernaut, LoveBot (a mashed Times Condensed), Packer, Sexypants (reworking of Calligraphic 421), Shadowboxer, Skylab (2000), Arduous, Bewbz, BungholioSurprise, Crotchrot, Numatrix, Oddziab, RonnieRaygun, Rusch (2006), Runningback, 1978NYC, Erg, Exclaim, Gigaton, Grackle, Kiloton, MashedPotatoes, Megaton, Moonbase, Mullet, Pornstar, PornStarAcademy, Scumbucket, SnowCrash (hacker face), Speeddealer, SpringBreak, Statebats.
Information on fonts in ghostscript. Discussed are the 35 free URW type 1 fonts, Basil Malyshev's Paradissa fonts for Computer Modern, the use of the Fontmap, the prfont.ps program for printing a sample sheet, the free Hanzi font (Chinese) by Jackson Technologies, the free Kanji type 1 fonts by Tetsurou Tanaka of the Department of Engineering, University of Tokyo, N. Glonty and A. Samarin's CM Cyrillic fonts, the bdftops (BDF font to type 1 font) conversion program, and many technical details. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fontsonic (or: Newconceptsite)
Fontsonic (Newconceptsite, also known as Makoto) is Japanese pixel font maker. Their delicate and well-balanced PC and Mac fonts include BesideAL01, BesideAL02, DotAddAL01, DotAddAL02, ShadowAL01, StreamAL01. All fonts made in 2001 and 2002 by "Makoto", who lives in Tokyo. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese type foundry based in Tokyo and Fukuoka, est. 1993. They write: Fontworks is a leading developer of Japanese fonts for desktop publishing. We are revolutionizing the way Japanese fonts are designed and produced with our ground-breaking, stroke based Kanji software tools. These tools automate much of the routine work associated with Japanese font production, enabling our designers to concentrate on development of new typefaces. A set of 24 Japanese fonts costs 14,000USD. Individual (one weight) fonts at 1000USD a shot. Their catalog includes:
Francesco Mistico Canovaro
Free dot matrix and dingbat fonts by "2001Nisicasino" from Osaka, Japan. Some names: Chemi, ETC, Washing_indication, chemi, fb_kiriko, fb_onroad, khemi, licabitz-box, licabitz, licadotz-box, licadotz, FB Nyan (cat dingbats), Mapmark, Kiriko, OnRoad, EtcLicabitz-bitmap.
Spanish language site for various non-Latin language fonts. A sampling: Afus Deg Wfus 2 (for Berber), AlKatib1 (2001, an Arabic typeface by Naseem Amjad), Albanian, Alice_0 (Lao typeface by by Ngakham Southichack), LAOMAY_5 CHAREUNSILP (Lao typeface by by Soupasith Bouahom), Arial AMU (1999, Armenian typeface by Ruben Tarumian), BaltFrutigerLight, BaltHelveticaMedium, BaltNewCenturySchoolbookMedium, BaltOptimaMedium, BaltTiffanyMedium, BaltUniversityMedium, CarloAtor (1997, Arabic family by Timm Erickson, Summer Institute of Linguistics), Caligraf-W, Ciula (1996, a Romanian typeface by Paul Hodor), Cursiv (Romanian), AnlongvillKhek, GabrialAtor (another Arab family by Timm Erickson), Gin, Greek (1993, by Peter J. Gentry&Andrew M. Fountain), HandSign (1993, Sam Wang), HFMassisShantNUnicode (1990-1994, an Armenian unicode typeface by BYTEC Computers and Massis Graphics), HONGKAD (1994, a family by Dr. Hongkad Souvannavong), IsmarBold, IsmarLight, Lakshmi, X000000A (1994, a lao typeface by Sith Bouahom), LAOMAY_2-CHAREUNSILP, Alice3Medium, Alice0Medium, Langagedessignes (1998, by Philippe and François Blondel), NorKirk (1997, a great Armenian typeface by Ruben Tarumian), NovaTempo (for Esperanto), Pazmaveb (for Armenian), ILPRumanianB100 (1996, by Charles J. Coker), Saysettha-Lao, Saysettha-LaoBold, SenzorgaAnhok, Timok, Tribuno, Turn-W, TimesUnicode, ArialAMU, PoliceTypeAPI (for Armenian), Cieszyn-Regular, PoojaNormal, Shibolet (1995, Hebrew), Shree-Ass-0552 (2000, by Modular InfoTech), Tudor-Semi-Lite, Webdunia, TimesNRCzech, TNRLiboriusVII (2001, a fully accented Times typeface by Libor Sztemon), GreatMoravia (2001 Libor Sztemon, Czechia), Johaansi-ye-Peyravi (2001, a full accent blackletter typeface by Libor Sztemon, Czechia), TimesNREuskaraEuransiEsperanto (2001, Libor Sztemon). [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese site with some original fonts. Creators of Mofuji (2007), a very original display face. Makers in 2007 of the free Latin/Cyrillic/Greek/kana/kanji papercut grunge font Kirieji. Other fonts: Minamoji, 3D Kirieji, Ibaraji. Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Full Scratch Font
Free techno and pixel fonts by Inoue Yoshikazu (aka M. Urawa): EGG!, NO1,itaric, NO1, NO10, NO12, NO13, NO13a, NO14, NO15, NO16, NO2, NO5, NO6, NO7, NO8, NO9, Q, Q2, core, ic, otete, pipe, trapezoid, trapezoid2, unknown1-, unknown2, katakana,block, katakana,core, katakana,ic, katakana,pipe, katakana,trapezoid1, katakana,trapezoid2, katakana,runner, wire, ZERO, NO11, NO3, NO4, runner, dama, f,f,techno.
Designer and art director in Tokyo. His Latin typefaces include Rail Line Alphabet Tokyo (2013, based on parts of the Tokyo subway map), and Cunard Proto (2013, a beautiful calligraphic typeface family). [Google] [More] ⦿
GADGET (also: SubGraphics)
Original techno fonts Rikiya Nishimura for Windows and Mac: Sub, Camouflage, Deformation, Deformation Super (the last two fonts are katakana), Airgun (katakana), alpha (katakana), Dust, Ape, System-K, F.M.J., Prompt (katakana), Green Hill, Ninja2, Dust2, Sub 2000, Fude (great Japanese simulation), Square. Dead link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free fonts by the Japanese group called Gaia: Teigay, DaiChalk (handwriting), TimeTrek (blocky MICR font), the handwriting Gaiasian (2001), FudenM, Floydian (scratchy, Treefrog style), the hiragana font REO, the display fonts Daipop, Daiblur, DaiheadB, and the geometric experiment Kackin-01. Virtually no punctuation. Unclear who the designers are: Masako Ibayashi, Daisuke Katayama, Masako Tsuda or Naoki Matsui. Site not updated since 2001.
Characters not normally available in Japanese fonts. In the glyph shown on the right (example borrowed from Philip Ronan), we read Mori Ogai, an author who lived from 1862 until 1922. The middle kanji, the "O", which means seagull, is an old kanji character that no longer forms part of the standard set of JIs-approved characters, yet Mori used to write his name with it. One has to look for special fonts to find the "gaiji" glyphs. [Google] [More] ⦿
Gau stands for "Graphic Arts Unit". Original Latin fonts made by Toshiyuki Takahashi starting in 2001: Root Normal, Modern Semi-Round, Cube (Regular, Bold), Private Regular, Pop Magic, Milk Choco, Over Drive, White Base, Love Rocket (+Neo), Spy Letter, Exposition, Rubber Soul.
His kana fonts include GAUfontkana0816, GAUfontkanaAtomic, GauFontKusanagi, GauFontShirousagi, GAUfontkanaRefresh, GauFontKarin91, GauFontRelax, GauFontTampopo, GauFontDonutShop.
Finally, he made Editmode16 (commercial screen dingbats font, 2002).
Advertised as a Japanese game font site. It carries these original creations (Latin alphabet) of Keiichi Satoh: Commune, Corner Boy, Gebapolis, Fantasy-Gezone, GSP-RADE, GamelTry, Gebange, Gebrider, Gebulasray, Geho-Daisakusen, Gradion-Txt-Style-III, geppon, OGEBA-FIGHTER, Gradion, The-Yellows, Borderheaven, Sencoron. Plus the kana game font Hyria-kana. All made in 2003-2007.In 2011, he added EVAC AH, EVAC FH, Tonti But, UNCR-DFMN, Super Gezone.
Japanese free font maker. Besides some kana fonts, the following Latin fonts were available in 2007-2009: GKZ-0701 (pixel), GKZ-BurnBurn (pixel), GKZ-CLB (pixel), GKZ-Frox (party face), GKZ-GAZI, GKZ-KAKU, GKZ-Oriduru (oriental simulation), GKZ-Speedwrite, GKZ-crossjam, GtsAbstract, GtsArcadia, GtsImprovisation, Gtsfrontline, Gtsgazigazi, Gtslandscape, Gtsprogressive, Gtsshiranami, Gtstransition. Most of these are pixel fonts or experimental. Hiragana typefaces: GKZ-Okome, GKZ-Shiranami, Katakana typefaces: GKZ-ORIDURUKANA, GKZ-RAIGEKI, GKZ-Radiohour (pixel), GKZ-Sryder. Obsolete URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free original Mac and PC (techno or pixel) fonts at this (now defunct) Japanese foundry. Made in 2001: AuroraGenocide1, Chopper, Cowgirl, GENOCIDE, MarsAtack, ROCKY, Robo, Toybox (dingbats), Hagane. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Genshichi Yasui's free truetype fonts that emulate screen pixels. Direct access to all Techno fonts. List of fonts: G7-Gradius3-TTS, G7-Genshichi-Kana-1, G7-Check-writer-(TT), G7-Copic-TTF, G7-cute-pop, G7Tani-6-Medium, G7Tile(Katakana), G7Tile(ver2), G7Teishi(FL), G7-Genshichi-Tani-4-L-TTE-ver, G7CoconaworldDIGITAL, G7CoconaworldTTF, SpellofMagic, SpellofMagicDigital. Some katakana and kanji fonts, such as RsbNVhE. Game fonts: G7_1943-TTF, G7-Mr.Do!,-vs-unicorns,-wild~, Solomon's-Key-True-Type, Solomon's-Key-True-Type-Smoose, G7-After-Burner-TTF, G7-A-Jax-TTF, G7-Walt-Disney's-Aladdin-TTF, G7-Assault-TTF, G7-Atomic-Robo-kid-TTF, atari_rounded, G7-Athena-TTF, G7-Butasan-TTF, G7-Chelnov,-Trio-the-punch-TTF, G7-Cho-Makaimura-TTF, G7-Cocona-world-TTF, G7-Command-TTF, G7-Dragon-Spirit-TTF, G7-Exed-Exes-TTF, G7-Family-stasium-TTF, G7-Final-Fantasy-Font-TTF, G7-Flicky-TTF, G7-Gemini-Wing-TTF, Gradius,-Gradius-2-TTF, G7-Gradius3-TTF, G7-Gradius3-TTS, G7-Hydlide2-for-MSX-TTF, G7-Image-Fight-TTF, G7-Kiki-Kaikai-TTF, G7-Adventures-of-Lolo-2-TTF, G7-Mahou-Daisakusen-TTF, G7-Makaimura-TTF, G7-Meikyujima-TTF, G7-Moero-!!-Pro-Yakyu-TTF, G7-Nakayoshi-to-issyo-TTF, G7-Newzealand,-Dondokodon-TTF, G7-Parodius-TTF, G7-PuLiRuLa-TTF, G7-R-Type-TTF, G7-Ryger-TTF, G7-Same!-Same!-Same!-TTF, G7-Shalom-MSX-TTF, G7-Silkworm-TTF, G7-Chee_chai-Alien, G7-Spelunker-TTF, G7-Family-Tantei-Club-1-TTF, G7-Tashiro-Masashi-no-princess, G7-Twinbee-for-arcade-TTF, G7Wakuwaku7, G7-Wizardly-for-famicom-TTF, G7-Xevious-TTF. Fontspace link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jason Glavy, who lives in Yokohama, runs Glavy Fonts. He has created some free fonts: JG Lepcha (2001, a South asian language font), JG Chantabouli and JG Sasettha (cleaned up and extended unicode vesions of Sasettha and Chantabouli fonts created by John Durdin), JGAksaraBali, JGBasicLao, JGChamVer2, JGChamCambodia, JGChamVN, JGChantabouliLao, JGHurufJawaSanskrit, JGLaoOldArial, JGLaoOldface, JGLaoTimes, JGSoyombo (Tibetan), WL-LatinIPATimes. He used to have a bunch of Japanese fonts on his web site, including his Jindaimoji series. He also created three fonts for Makassarese/Buginese. At some point, he was associated with Saronix Japan. His Hmong page had JGCwjmemFinalVersion, JGCwjmemSecondVersion, JGCwjmemThirdVersion, JGNaadaasFinalVersion, JGNaadaasSecondVersion, JGNaadaasThirdVersion, JGPahawhFinalVersion, JGPahawhSecondVersion, JGPahawhSourceVersion, JGPahawhThirdVersion, JGPuajTxwm, all made in 2002: of these, the Pahawh series is original, while Cwjmem and Naadaas are improvements of other fonts. West African fonts designed by him: JGBassaVahHandwriting, JGBassaVahPrint, JGBete, JGKpelleA, JGKpelleB, JGNKo, JGVaiA, JGVaiB, JGVaiC. These fonts are well researched, and are based on drawings and findings by Dalby, Dr. Welmer, and Jensen. Some of Glavy's fonts for other languages: JGBasicLao, JGChamCambodia (1998), JGChamVN (1998), JGChantabouliLao, JGHurufJawaSanskrit (2001), JGLaoOldArial, JGLaoOldface, JGLaoTimes, JG Lepcha (2001), JGSoyomb (2001). See also SIL's Mingzat (2019) for the Lepcha language of South asia, wich is based on JG Lepcha. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese site with free original fonts (Pop (1998), Restaurant (1998)--note, the T is missing; it can be hacked to reappear, by the way), Soda (kana font), and some commercial fonts (3 Cinderella dingbats, and 11 animal shape dingbats called Cookies). Mac and PC, T1 and TTF. [Google] [More] ⦿
Gomarice Font (or: Goma Shin)
Japanese foundry, est. in Fukuoka in 2005 by Shintarou Nakayama (Goma Shin), b. 1982. It offers these free fonts, many of which are in the grunge or techno styles: Steel Boy (2005, techno), Manzyu (2005, liquid), The Past (2004), Atama (2004, liquid), Atama Serif G (2010), BAT-MEN__G (2004), BIG-BURGER__G (2010), Ballpoint-Pen (2004), Beer-Cape__G (2006), Boro-Slim__G (2003), Boroboro (2003), Chocolate__G (2008), Coffee-&-Curry-Shop__G (2009), Edamame Western (2012), Fude-Enogu__G (2006), GOMA-STANDARD__G (2010), Gomadelic (2003), Gomanema (2007), Goth-Goma__G (2006), Kamone__G and Kamone 6 (2006-2011, heavy mechanical / octagonal face), Kamone 7 (2012, polygonal typeface), Kigasuru__G (2006), Marker__G (2004), MINI POP__G (2010), Mukasi_Mukasi__G (2003), Mukasi_Mukasi_a__G (2005), Rihapop__G (2006), Rocks__G (2004, stone face), Simple-Slum__G (2005, informal poster face), Steel-Boy__G (2005), Tomipop__G (2006), honey-bone__G (2007), kamone-2__G (2009), kamone-3__G (2010), Yaki Goma (2010), Goma Western (2010), Goma Western 2 (2012), Mousou Recode (2010, ultra fat rounded face), Hot-Chocolate__G (2011), Milk-Chocolate__G (2011), Syouwa Retro Pop G (2011), Spicy Curry Rice (2011), Sikakusimen (2011, fat and rounded), Nantoka Western (2011), Goma Cookie (2012), Sandome G (2012: a beautiful rounded sans display face), Morning Wasabi (2012, a rounded black headline face), Goma Standard 02 (fat and rounded), Doughnut Monster G (fat elliptical typeface), Kaiju Monster (2012), Fine Serif Hosomozi G (2012), Melting Ice Cream, Wasabi Gum (2013, bubblegum face), Soy Sauce Junky (2013), Cyankonabe G (2013: oriental simulation face), Kensuco Stencil G (2013), Omotenashi (2013), Old Book (2013), Rockin Record (2014), Morning Karashi (2014: a great poster typeface), Kamone 8 (2014: octagonal), Zombie Shooting (2014; for those who still believe that zombies can shoot), Goma Block (2015), Okuba Cloud (2015), Hyouzi Display (2015), The Past (2015), What's Love Konnamozi (2015), Shibuya Zero (2015, stencil), Atama Simple (2015), Game Music Love (2016, Western font), GType (2016), Game Continue 02 (2016), Marker2 (2016), Nanikano Capsule (2016), Usuazi Hosomozi (2016), Nandaka Western (2017), No Continue (2017, squarish), Kaizen Seisaku (2017), Gogono Cocoa Mochi (2018), Kirie Fu (2018), Mucha Wo Minagara Milk Tea (2018), Katamari Serif (2018: headline slab serif), Shmup in the Zone (2018: octagonal), Yatsurano Western (2018), Heysel Synthesizer (2018), Toy Block Maestro (2019: a Western font), Round Pop (2019: rounded sans), Tanomuze Cowboy (2019: Western style).
The Japanese "gothic" typefaces (gosshiku) are equivalent to the Latin sans-serif typefaces. Typically, strokes have a uniform width and do not have any decorations. There are two main categories, the standard gothic and the maru (= round) gothic, which is a style in which the ends of the lines are rounded off. Maru gothic is the typeface used in Japanese road signs. [Google] [More] ⦿
Originally from Turin, Italy, Claudio Gomboli now lives in Osaka. He set up Grafisticceria. Claudio created a commercial icon font called World Outside in 2012.
Graphic Groove is a Japanese foundry run by Hiromu Tsuboi and Tamito Sawaguchi. In FontPavilion01, they published Framework. In FontPavilion07, they published Funya-Chara (an absolutely fantastic series of dingbat fonts). [Google] [More] ⦿
Free and commercial (predominantly techno) fonts. Among the free fonts: KZ-Cubist, KZ-Gravity, KZ-Turbo. The commercial fonts are sold on a CD: KZ Tank, KZ Spellbound, KZ Scratcher, KZ Radiostar, KZ Racer, KZ Lord, KZ Cybone1 and 2. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free original fonts in truetype (PC) and type 1 (Mac): Beat, Soul, Motor, Popy (katakana), Saffraan (katakana), Tiruru (hiragana), Airron (kata), Marchen (kata), Coupe, Plate, Eagle (kata). GoMotor (1997) is in the Pavilion collection. GoSoul (1999) can be downloaded at DaFONT.
Free Latin fonts: Nationalyze-ALP, Snow Dream, Lumine Sign, Pollyanna, Quick Express and Milky Well, designed by Kotaro Hatano. Find also the katakana fonts Orange Ade, Happy Frame, Panda Chang Bold, Technopolish, Fancy Balloons, CandyStore, LivingToys, Nekoyanagi, Commercial Break, Citrus Fruits, Nationalyze, NatsuMikan, and Lovely Capsules. Font Pavilion also sells his Fancy Balloons (romaji, katakana for comics).
GRAYVISION is a Japanese foundry. Free fonts: Diesel, G.I.Jackie (2002), Monobits+, Monobits, Muschavroui (2002, kana), Drop, Genesis, Handwriting-E, handwritingja, Qubrick, Smarten, Solidstate (kana), Thread. Most of these are great pixel fonts (Mac and PC) designed by Hiroki Itoh (b. Niigata, Japan, 1984). [Google] [More] ⦿
Horsham and Cambridge, UK-based designer who proposed the Kobi Serif typeface in 2014: I found the idea of Kobigraphs whilst researching methods of communication for the blind. The website dotlessbraille.org was the sole proprietor of the Kobigraph idea and it was virtually unknown outside of that website. Researching the website further I became curious about the idea of this typographic bridge between embossed braille for the blind and visual letterforms for sighted persons to read braille more easily. Braille is becoming something of a dying form even though it is extremely important for blind people to know some form of written communication. Fewer than 1% of the two million visually impaired people in the UK are users of Braille. Yet 66% of blind or partially sighted people of working age are unemployed as a result of a lack of some form of literacy. It seemed to me that helping to make braille as accessible as possible to everyone through using the Kobigraph would help raise awareness of the issues of blind literacy and encourage everyone to try learning braille. The Kobigraphs visual form can be read by sighted persons at a glance as opposed to braille - which is usually colourless dots printed on a page. And as the Kobigraph uses the same cell structure as braille, the dots could be raised to allow blind users to read too. The links between cell dots could also be raised to help users further guide their way around a letterform more easily if they have not built up the necessary tactile abilities needed to sense individual dots.
The package distributed in this site provides the patches for gs6.50 to handle CJK (Traditional/Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean) TrueType fonts as CID-keyed fonts and some improvements upon CID-keyed font handler in gs6.50. We also aim to add our results to the original Aladdin/Artifex ghostscript. The developers are Toshiya Suzuki, Masatake Yamato, Taiji Yamada, Hideyuki Suzuki. [Google] [More] ⦿
GT TrueType fonts
Free Kanji truetype fonts developed in 2001 for use with Debian Linux by Atsuhito Kohda: GT2000-01, GT2000-02, GT2000-03, GT2000-04, GT2000-05, GT2000-06, GT2000-07, GT2000-08, GT2000-09, GT2000-10, GT2000-11, GT2000-K1, GT2000-K2. They are Unicode compliant and contain also complete Latin, Cyrillic and Greek character sets. Alternate URL at Open Text. Yet another URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
GT&CANARY, a New York City design lab, was founded in 2004 by Takaaki Goto (b. 1966, Japan), a.k.a. GT, who specializes in global brand identity and package design. Takaaki Goto designed the slightly arched Kana Sans type family (2012). In 2014, he created the organic sans typeface Morebi Rounded (+Stencil). In 2015, he added the beautiful geometric sans typeface family Mirai (meaning, the future). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Japanese font foundry committed to making open license fonts based on old prints. It is run by Judicare and Eunice. Fontspace link. The fonts:
Full Japanese/Latin font in the public domain, Habian2000. Alternate URL. The fonts: Habian2000, habian2k, habian2kh. The letters are monospaced and Courier-like. The fonts are based on the old bitmap fonts jiskan16-1990.bdf and jisksp16-1990.bdf, which were merged with newly designed characters by Toshiyuki Imamura and Hanataka Shinya. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese graphic designer, b. 1953, who started out as an industrial designer, and became a graphic designer in 1974. He won the 1990 Morisawa International Typeface Design Competition with an Honorable Mention in the Latin Category. The list of his typefaces:
Small commercial Japanese foundry specializing in handwritten and extreme brush fonts. Gorgeous stuff! Examples: Hakushu Sosho Kyo, Hakushu Tensho Kyo, Hakushu Gyosho, Hakushu Kaisho, Hakushu Reisho, Hakushu Sousho. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hakusyu is a Japanese font vendor. Their Hakusyu Kyoiku kanji fonts (HakusyuGokubutoKaisyoKyo, HakusyuGyosyoKyokan, HakusyuInsoutaiKyo, HakusyuKaisyoKyokan, HakusyuKointaiKyokan, HakusyuReisyoKyokan, HakusyuSeigyosyoKyo, HakusyuSousyoKyo, HakusyuTensyoKyokan, HakusyuTenkoinKyo), all made in 1998-1999 by Masanori Maruoka, can be downloaded here.
See also here. The latter page has more Japanese font links and a small Latin font archive. Specilaizing in calligraphic and old writing style fonts. Recent additions: Geikai, Kyomadoka, Samurai, Shunpu, Karakusa, Tenshin, Hakuu, Seigetsu, Konshin, Ohka, Sousho, Inshou, Reisho, Gyosho, Koin, Kiwami, Kaisho.
A recent list of their typeface library: Geikaisuikou, Kyomadoka, Samurai, Shumpu, Karakusa, Ohka, Konshin, Kasumi, Ohhige, Ninja, Kintoki, Aun, Bukotsu, Mamekichi, Mamekichi 2, Hakushu Sosho Pro, Hakushu Reisho Pro, Hakushu Kointai Pro, Hakushu Shotai Kiwame, Hakushu Kaisho Pro, Hakushu Gyosho Pro, Hakushu Insotai, Hakushu Tenkoin, Hakushu Shoten, Hakushu Kokotsu, Hakushu Tensho, Hakushu Kujoten, Hakushu Kakukuzushi. [Google] [More] ⦿
At Hanazono University in Japan, we find a free full kanji font called HanaMin (2007-2009). A part of this font was completed with the support of Grant-in-Aid for Publication of Scientific Research Results from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2005) and the International Research Institute for Zen Buddhism (IRIZ), Hanazono University. [Google] [More] ⦿
Happy Child's Town
Japanese foundry, also called "Noize of Zappin". Their free Mac and PC fonts, all made in 2002-2003, include 25th-Miseducation, Bit-Boy!---d, Bit-Boy!, Dockin'-Dots-Bold, Dockin'-Dots, Don't-Make-Me-Blue, Go-Right!!---italic, I-wanna-be-a-Happy-Star!, It-is-so-Busy, Laser-Grill, Mozaix-Matrix-reMix---d, Mozaix-Matrix-reMix, Open-----Bind-*advanced---d, Open-<->-Bind-*Advanced, Open-<->-Bind, Piled-Boy,-Stackin'-Girl---d, Piled-Boy,-Stackin'-Girl, Pinch-Up-Bold, Pinch-Up, Shi-No-Bi---d, Shi-No-Bi, TYO-Jimbouchoh, TYO-Kamata, TYO-Kameido, TYO-Kichijohji, TYO-Monzen-nakachoh, TYO-Nishi-Shinjuku, TYO-Shiodome, TYO-Tsukiji, TYO-Udagawachoh, Transforming-Trancer, Vivid-*-Curry---d, Vivid-Curry, Vivid-Stew---d, Vivid-Stew, Wipe-in, Wipe-in, blinkin'-blicks, chill-out---c, chill-out---f, degaussed-pipeline, diecut, trickish-tribute. The Mozaix series is in a kitchen tile style. Most others are pixelized. Update in 2004: TYO-Jimbouchoh (gorgeous oriental simulation font), TYO-Kichijohji, TYO-Kameido, TYO-Kamata (pixel face), TYO-Monzen-nakachoh (labyrinth face), TYO-Nishi-Shinjuku (3d blocky look), TYO-Shiodome (multiline face), TYO-Tokiwa (oriental simulation face), TYO-Tsukiji, TYO-Tokyo (pixel face), TYO-Tokyo---d, TYO-Udagawachoh. [Google] [More] ⦿
Harano Aji Fonts
Japanese commercial foundry related to Jikji Soft, Hanyang Systems and Yoon Design. Fonts:
Haruta Design Studio
Haruta Yukari is a graphic designer. Author of Kawaka Ikehara, A Hundred Vistas of Letters #98 (Robundo, 2000), Kawaka Ikehara: A Man between Calligraphy and Type, Japanese Modern Type: Shozo Motoki And His Surroundings (the Committee of the Japanese Modern Type: Shozo Motoki and His Surroundings and NPO Modern Printing Preservation Society, 2003), and a thesis titled Early Modern Hiragana Type and Its Designer: Kawaka Ikehara and His Surroundings (Japan Society of Typography Journal #09, 2016). She is the principal of Haruta Design Studio and a lecturer at Robundo Shinjuku Private Typography School from 2006 to 2018.
HBF (was: HanayaBellBellDoh)
HBF (ex: HanayaBellBellDoh) is a Japanese site by Hanako Takeuti. Fonts include HB-Hanabell-Font (curlies), HB-FontHANA, HB-LOVE, HB-Naturals, HB-T-AND-J, HB-TUMIKI, HB-MyDetective. Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
German type designer, b. 1942, Austria, d. 2018, Japan. He started out apprenticing as a typesetter. In the 1960s, he studied in the Basel School of Design in Switzerland under the direction of Emil Ruder, Kurt Hauert and Robert Buchler. Schmid went on to West Berlin and then Stockholm (where he created covers for journal Grafisk Revy). Schmid traveled extensively and worked in Canada, Germany, Sweden, and Japan, before relocating to his permanent home in Osaka in 1977. This was where he developed his iconic design aesthetic that blends European and Japanese elements. One of his most notable works was the brand identity for Japanese sports drink Pocari Sweat, which is still in use in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East today.
Schmid wrote several essays about typography for global design magazines including Baseline, Idea, and Typografische Monatsblätter. His books include Typography Today, Helmut Schmid: Design is Attitude and Japanische Typographie und Schweizer Typographie, published in Comedia, edition 03-1, 2003. [Google] [More] ⦿
New Jersey native who lives in San Francisco. He states: "Over the years I've had the good fortune to be very involved with photolettering and type design. In the 1980's I set headlines, letter by letter by letter, on a VGC Typositor at Phil's Photolettering in Washington DC. The desktop computer quickly destroyed that entire industry, and that is how I became involved with computer graphics. In the early 1990s, I designed type for FontBank, and consulted for several other type companies, including Microsoft and Galoob Toys. It's nearly impossible to make a living in type design these days, as the industry was basically done in by a combination of legal precedents and rampant piracy. Having worked on "conventional" / Wester / Roman fonts for so long, I've acquired a preference for unusual or obscure fonts or alphabets. I am always available for type design work or consulting." His designs (not downloadable) include Coptic Chelt, Fruthrak Sans, Ojibway Futurae, Cyrillic-Helv-Flash-8pt, KTR-katakana10, Celestia, Daggers, Enochian Times and Nugsoth. [Google] [More] ⦿
The Hershey Fonts are stroke-based fonts that were created in 1967 by naval scientist Dr. A.V. Hershey who worked at the U. S. National Bureau of Standards. They were described in Hershey's report Calligraphy for Computers (1967). Alternate link. The description of the strokes is done according to a scheme invented by Hershey. Free download of the English and Japanese font sets.
In 2019, Elias Hanzer and Lucas Liccini based their experimental font Vincent on Hershey Script 1.
Tokyo based designer and head of Hideki Inaba Design. Designer of TEST (katakana, 1997), sold at Font Pavilion. At Shift Factory: Musasabi, Throw Underthrow, Note Font. WDFB (2001, Hideki Inaba Design) was made for a Japanese children's clothing company. He also designed the dotted line font Designate (1999). [Google] [More] ⦿
Hideki Nakajima is a Japanese art director and graphic designer active since about 1985. He designed record/CD sleeve design for numbers of artist such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Editorial and book cover design for Ryumei Yoshimoto, Banana Yoshimoto, Masachi Ohsawa and Kodansha General Knowledge Books Department. He also worked for fashion and beauty brands such as Issey Miyake. Other brands in his portfolio include TAG Heuer, Seiko and Marginal Glamor. Nakajima has won numerous design awards both in Japan and abroad ncludes uch as the New York ADC, Tokyo ADC, Tokyo TDC grand prix, and New York TDC. [Google] [More] ⦿
Tokyo-based graphic designer. He created the experimental typefaces HM02 (2011--a free 3d face), Spokeroom (2010, geometric and counterless), and Yellow Cream (2010, fat bubblegum face). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graduate of Kyoto University and the the University of Reading's MATD program. Hidetaka Yamasaki (Japan) designed several typefaces:
Japanese type designer associated with Type Project. Between 2012 and 2017, Akira Kobayashi (Monotype) and Isao Suzuki, Hideyo Ryoken and Saori Ooshima of Type Project co-designed SST Japanese. [Google] [More] ⦿
A corporate URW studio sans family published in 2009. The 6-font family sells for over 5000 dollars and covers Turkish, Baltic, Romanian, Cyrillic, Greek, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Arabic, and Hebrew. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hinting and Japanese fonts
Hiroshi Utumi states: Hinting is not good for square characters (Japanese, Chinese etc). Run kcontrol and disable hinting please. $ kcontrol Font -> Settings -> Hinting style -> Choose "None". His advice is for Linux users. Mire specifically: see here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Nagoya, Japan-based designer of the roman typeface Gooey (2016) and the free roman typeface Chandelier (2016).
Hiroki Mighty (or: Mighty's Notebook)
Free handwritten kanji fonts by Hiroki Inoue: Maitei-Kaisho-Pro-T (2005), Maitei-Kaigyo-Beginners-S (2004), Maitei-Kaigyo-Beginners-T, Maitei-Sosho-. There is also a demo version Mighty's-Kaisho-Pro-Eval (2003). And by Jirou: yuta_maru, Yuta-Semicircle (letters made out of semicircles), yuta-Underline, yutapon_Coding_Plus_BMP, yutapon_Coding-PlusBMP-spc. Some of these are full handwritten-style kanji fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hiroshi Komiyama is a representative of Japan's Sato Typography Design Institute, type design adviser to DynaComware Corp. in Taiwan and Samsung Electronics and a special reviewer of Tokyo TDC's Type Design Department. He studied type design under Sato Kenosuke, Komiyama is a recognized authority in Japanese type design and Japanese typographical history. He has designed several fonts including the Heisei Mincho font, and Ryobi's phototypesetting font. His publications include The Basics of Type Design (2010), The History of Movable-Type Printing (2009), The Open Type Version of Japanese Movable Type Collection (2007), and Chronicles of Book and Movable-Type Printing (2000). [Google] [More] ⦿
Font Pavilion sells the Cosmic Graphics fonts HardBoiled (alphadings), Niale, and Pow-waw (flowery dings), which were all made in 1998. Fontspace link, where one can get Hiroshi Kumabe's fonts for free. [Google] [More] ⦿
Big Japanese free font archive. Includes the free fonts that come with GIMP (from URW), many BDF and PK bitmap fonts, Kanji bitmap fonts, X-Windows fonts. Plus useful installation instructions for X-Windows/UNIX platforms. Lots of links to UNIX utilities and software. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hisashi Iwai is a type designer and educator. He earned his BA and MA from Tokyo Zokei University and Aichi University of the Arts, respectively. In 2007, Iwai joined Jiyukobo Ltd., where he was involved in numerous font-development projects, including the Yu Type Library and OEM fonts. He is a visiting lecturer at Bunsei Art University and Kyoto Seika University.
Codesigner with Toshinobu Nagata of the Japanese typeface Ashitano Maru Gothic, which won an award at ProtoType in 2016.
His project Fides won the Type Design Prize in Tokyo TDC Annual Awards, 2019.
Speaker at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo on the topic of kana.
Award winner at 25 TDC in 2022 for Uwabami. He writes: Japanese texts have always been written in a vertical direction since their beginning. Uwabami follows the tradition and is designed exclusively for vertical typesetting. Each character included in Uwabami conforms to the size/proportion of the historical form of Kana and is placed in a proportional body. By designing beyond the space of the body, the neighboring characters may be overlayed by chance, which adds a distinct personality to the composition. Uwabami's character set mainly utilizes Hentaigana, kana that are marginally used today. While this renders the characters almost indecipherable to most modern people, this striking feature helps achieve a unique, archaic flair. Some characters have alternate forms that automatically switch depending on the previous characters. Uwabami is also equipped with abundant ligatures for aesthetic enhancement. These factors diversify character shapes and lead to a richer typesetting experience. [Google] [More] ⦿
Takao Mincho and Takao Gothic (2010-2011) are two free Japanese kanji fonts named after Hiyoshi Takao, the original designer of TypeBank Mincho and Gothic, which in turn led to the development of the IPA fonts. IPA Fonts are high-quality Japanese outline fonts developed by the Information-technology Promotion Agency (or IPA) in Japan under a very free license. Takao font maintainers are Arne Goetje, Fumihito Yoshida, Hideki Yamane, Jun Kobayashi (head), Kazuhiro Nishiyama, Kevin Huang, Nobuto Murata, and Satoru Matsumoto. [Google] [More] ⦿
H=Jan Poland on CJK Fonts
From this Japanese foundry, these free Latin typefaces: 5389, digi, dizzy, ghost, ghost-wave, kaku, makz, mist, stupid, vn-3, vo-0, 11432, bones, cell, devil, devil-em, devil-hop, digi-white, ghost-pt.2, gidi, glass. All fonts were made in 2001, except vn-3 and vo-0, which were made in 2002. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese company specializing in Chinese character sets. You can download sample TrueType files (single byte). HTML International is the USA counterpart of Dynalab in Hong-Kong, Japan and Taiwan. [Google] [More] ⦿
Gernot Hassenpflug provides half-width katakana Type 1 fonts in SJIS encoding are provided to integrate with the Wadalab fonts for use with, for example, the CJK package. The origin of the font is the Wadalab gothic font katakana glyphs, which have been modified to make up the JIS X 0201 set of half-width katakana characters using Fontforge. The Wadalab fonts need to be available for this package to work. The original Wadalab fonts were designed by Tetsuro Tanaka. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hyperion, a Japanese outfit, has commercial fonts, mostly made by Eisuke Furukawa: Cosmotron11, Gigantic, Inferno, Hellfire and Starlight9 are all pixel or futuristic fonts. Eisuke Furukawa also made Zodiacok (1999), Falcon and Believer, another pixel font. Other fonts, some of which used to be shareware: Biomechanic, Capsule-3, Controler-demo, DotfontEng, TECSCRIR, TECSCRIS, Hexaglamorous, Mirage/Illusion, Overloader, Es, DotFontKat, MirageJap, PhantomK, Stargate, Crossbreed, Future 3000, Reflex.
Redmond, WA-based type designer whose Chinese typeface Qingyu Lishu won an award in the TDC Typeface Design competition in 2017. Award winner at 25 TDC in 2022 for these two Chinese / Japanese typefaces:
Born in Republic of Korea, Hyun Guk Ryu obtained a Ph.D. at National Kyushu Institute of Technology Graduate School of Design. Presently, he teaches type design and design history at National University Corporation Tsukuba University of Technology Faculty of Industrial. His professional studies are focused in typography and design history of Korean (Haeseo Style), Chinese (Ming Style), and the manufacturing of Latin alphabets for the multilingual typesetting in 19th century Japan and China.
Speaker at ATypI 2012 in Hong Kong: A study of collision among and the coexistence of different Korean typeface designs. At ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik, Hyun Guk Ryu spoke about the history of Hangul type design. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Directionality in Korean type design. [Google] [More] ⦿
Original fonts, mostly katakana and hiragana, but also some Latin alphabets. Some pixel and manga fonts, but overwhelmingly, this collection is techno. The font names: ArabiaConsole (2002), ArtificialSatellite, AstroN, AstroT, BiscuitBank, Cocoon, ComBattler, CyborgClassic, DanceMixN, DanceMixR, Discotic, DragonBird, EosE, EosK, FatManLite, FirstGundam, FuwafuwaFururuHS, FuwafuwaFururuHW, FuwafuwaFururuKS, FuwafuwaFururuKW, GalaxyI, GalaxyN (2002, pixel font), HappyChicken, Hearts (parts one and two), HyperLalabellEI, HyperLalabellEN, HyperLalabellJI, HyperLalabellJN, Ideon, JointBump, Jojomix, KoukakuE (2002, pixel font), KoukakuJ, MacrossE (2002, pixel font), MacrossJ, MechaPlate, MobileSuit, Potted, PrePrePretty, Raideen, Robodatch, ShortPart, SpaceResortLite, Sunplaza, SuperLovelyI, SuperLovelyN, TechBonR, TechBonS, TechnoBrush, Thoroughbred, TrigunMaximumE, TrigunMaximumJ, TumblinDiceE (dice: note that there are errors in the dice!), TumblinDiceJ, Vifam, VitaminTabletE, VitaminTabletJ, Xanadu (2000, pixel font), Zambot J Lite. [Google] [More] ⦿
iAi-jp (was Fontage and Kivart)
Tokyo-based Hidekazu Sakakibara runs iAi-jp, and before that, Frontage and Kivart. He is the [T-26] designer of the 3d typeface Toit (1998). He created several free fonts, including several brush typefaces, some dingbats of samurai fighters, and several experimental and techno typefaces: 26Floor, Ange-Italic, Ange-Regular, Ange-Symbol, Anneau, Asie, Ballon (bubblegum type for Latin, hiragana and katakana), Ballon-HKF, Ballon-KKF, Canne, Canon (a lava lamp font), Dactylo (circled typewriter letters), Fantome, Faux, Fleur, Flow (free for Latin and hiragana), Garcon, Glace-HIRAKANA, Glace-KATAKANA (3d typefaces), Goutte-Alphabet, Goutte-HKF, Goutte-KKF, iAi (Latin, hiragana, katakana), Ivresse-fleurs (free), Moped, Neige, Ombre, Orchestre26 (decorative alphabet), Paresser, Phoque, Pollen-Alphabet, Pollen-HKF, Pollen-KKF, Prise, Punition, Raffine-Hiragana, Raffine-Symbol, Ruban, Slide, Stitch-Beads, Stitch-Single, Stitch-Vase, Stitch-draft, Valse, Vitesse, Volant.
OS X fonts in truetype: HardGothicNormal (squarish; a full kanji font as well), AppleGaramond-Bold, AppleGaramond-BoldItalic, AppleGaramond-Italic, AppleGaramondLight, AppleGaramondLight-Italic, AppleGaramond (all by Bitstream, 1991), LucidaGrande (Bigelow&Holmes). [Google] [More] ⦿
Great Japanese design magazine, possibly the best design mag out there today, often featuring articles on typography. It published Typography Today, a book edited by Helmut Schmid that introduces selections from 88 designers. It traces the course of modern typography from Lissitzky, Tschichold, Zwart, Emil Ruder, Karl Gerstner, Herb Lubalin, to Wolfgang Weingart, Wim Crouwel and Kohei Sugiura. The new edition includes art by Neville Brody, April Greiman and Ahn Sang-Soo. See also IDEA NO. 305: Type Design Today (2004), which has articles by
idfont (was: Inoue Design)
Inoue Design (idfont) is Inoue Masaru's Japanese foundry: there are about 30 original kana fonts, often of the comic book style. They are named Kaiseki (2003), Kaifu2 (2003) and Kaifu3 (2003). Other fonts: Kairyu (full kanji font), Kai (kanji font), Kaiseki (kanji font). Kairyua and the kanji fonts have a good representation of Latin, Cyrillic and other characters. The full list of font names: Kaifu2 (2003, thin Latin letters), Kaifu3 (2003, thin Latin letters), kairyu1 (2003, thick roman letters, full kana and kanji set), kairyu3 (2003, thick roman letters, full kana and kanji set), kaiseki, kana001, kana001p, kana002, kana002p, kana003, kana003p, kana004, kana004p, kana005, kana005p, kana006, kana006p, kana007, kana007p, kana008, kana008p, kana009, kana009p, kana010, kana010p, kana011, kana011p, kana012, kana012p, kana013, kana013p, kana014, kana014p, kana015, kana015p, kana016, kana016p, kana017, kana018, kana018p, kana019, kana019p, kana020, kana020p, kana021, kana021p, kana022, kana022p, kana023, kana023p, kana024, kana024p, kana025, kana025p, kana026, kana026p, kana027, kana027p, kana028, kana028p, kana029, kana029P. Alternate URL. People are saying good things about his hairline sans id-Kaze2OT-Light. [Google] [More] ⦿
iFontMaker (2010) is a 7 dollar app for iPad that lets one make finger (truetype) fonts on the go. The developers are in Japan: Pentacom and Tomonaga Tokuyama. Review by Brian Hudson. Another review. Rina Miele's review. Examples.
Born in 1984, Tomonaga studied in Kyoto and is an artist and self-taught programmer.
Sao-Paulo-based illustrator (b. 1976) who designed Coverface SE (2014, a great rounded sans typeface family), Mauryssel (2013, a comic book face), Caravel (2012), (2012-2013, a comic book typeface family), Arigatou-Kamisama (2000), Mottley-HorneyHiragana (2000), Morte e Vida Severina (1997).
iJiFu is a Japanese site run by Fujii. Original fonts: Dali (2001), EmpireofLighsAL (2001), IjifuROBO (2001), IjifufonBlade (2001), IjifuBIN (2002), IjifuHORO (2002), IjifuROBOBlack (2002), Ijifupeopleworld (2001), IJifuex (2001). Direct access. [Google] [More] ⦿
illllli.com (was: YaFontWeb)
Yoshihide Arai's Japanese foundry which produced these free fonts from 2003 until 2007: Acidpunk, Aqutone Circle (only black circles), Blockbox3D, BlockboxHeavy, BlockboxLigh, BlockboxMaruheay, BoxboxboxHeavy, Bubble, CharacerAfro, ChildrenLigh (children's scribbles), Circle, Genjiko, Genshi, Gucle Bold, Handoo, Heainz, Hexagon (hexagonal letters), Hieroglico A, Korrekt (techno), Korrekt Oblique (techno), Majipane (kana face), Marudo (pixel face), Mimot Bold (curly), Mixertype (dings), MonolinRegular (upright script), Morphon, Newdo99 (pixel face), Nwnwn, Omocha No. 1 and No. 2 (dingbats), Rippen Regular and Bold (octagonal), Teks Bitmap, Ufons, Webicon1 (dingbats), Acidpunk. Old URL of its predecessor, YaFontWeb. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
"A new generation of Asian language software for Windows. RichWin is an add-on software that fits between Non-Chinese Windows and other Windows applications, enabling users to process the two-byte languages Chinese, Japanese and Korean on non-Chinese Windows and on other platforms. It provides 30 different Chinese fonts." For more info, email Bruce Liu. [Google] [More] ⦿
Information-technology Promotion Agency (or: IPA)
A Japanese unit that created the free (type 1 format) IPAEX fonts in 2003-2011. They can be downloaded from the CTAN archive. Alternate URL. The CTAN package has been put together by Norbert Preining (Austria). This typeface family includes IPAexGothic, IPAexMincho, IPA Gothic, IPA Mincho, IPA P Gothic and IPA P Mincho. Since 2013, the copyright belongs to Takayuki Yato, who took over the responsibility from IPA. [Google] [More] ⦿
Commercial katakana/hiragana and Latin fonts such as the Moosaka family (Moosaka stands for Minimalism Obsessed Oosaka) and the Container family. These fonts are adjusted for screen displays. [Google] [More] ⦿
IS X 0213:2004 vs Unicode mapping table
The gorgeous fonts by London-based Matius Gerardo Grieck at this commercial foundry include: Dysthymia, Typographiction, Idiosynoptium (very very original), Arsmagna, Transhuman, Xyperformulaic, Requiem (phenomenal face!), Karoshi, Nanoscopics, Kunstware (techno font), Circumcision (1999, simulating Hebrew), CQN-Molecular, Anthropolymorphics (2000), Arsmagna, Dysthymia, Hypertexturion, Karoshi, Metastases, Netopath, Transhuman (has a katakana component), Transkryption (one of the latter fonts in the family was done by Tsuyoshi Nakazako). Great web page (but a bit slow). Some of the fonts are also available at T-26.
Very interesting software development at Itoh Lab in Japan. Software includes the generation of scratched or brushed calligraphic bitmap images from truetype fonts. Some of the programs use fuzzy reasoning, fractals and "brush-touch" (sic) cursors. [Google] [More] ⦿
"Ryo" is the Japanese designer in 2006 of mixed Latin/hiragana handwriting fonts: AP-hiragana, APJapanesefontBLUEt, APJapanesefontBLUE. The latter two also have handwritten kanji letters. Free downloads. [Google] [More] ⦿
Typeface library: Iwata Mincho-tai Old, Iwata Gothic-tai Old, UCDA Fonts, Iwata UD Gothic, Iwata UD Maru Gothic, Iwata Shimbun Mincho-tai, Iwata Shimbun Gothic-tai, Kodoken Seicho-tai, Iwata UD Mincho, Iwata UD Shimbun Mincho, Iwata UD Shimbun Gothic, Iwata Mincho-tai, Iwata Maru Gothic-tai, Iwata Shin Gothic-tai, Iwata Kaisho-tai, Iwata Shin Kaisho (2014), Iwata Gyosho-tai, Iwata Reisho-tai, Iwata Souchou-tai, Iwata Kantei-ryu, Iwata Kyokasho-tai, Gakusan Kyokasho-tai, Gakusan Mincho-tai, Gakusan Gothic-tai, Gakusan Maru Gothic-tai, Gakusan Shin Gothic-tai, Hitsujun Font, Kambun Font, Iwata Kaku Pop-tai, Iwata Maru Pop-tai, Iwata Antique-tai.
Some fonts can be bought at URW++: PMT Casa bold, PMT Casa light, PMT Casa medium, PMT Gokufuto Gothic standard, PMT Iwata Chu Gothic standard, PMT Iwata Chu Mincho standard, PMT Iwata Futo Gothic standard, PMT Iwata Futo Mincho standard, PMT Iwata Hoso Gothic standard, PMT Iwata Hoso Mincho standard, PMT Kunko light.
In 2018, Iwata joined MyFonts. At MyFonts, one can buy Iwata New Reisho Std, Iwata New Reisho Pro, Iwata Souchou Pro, Iwata Souchou NK Pro, Iwata News Gothic NK Std, Iwata News Gothic Std, Iwata UD Gothic, Iwata Mincho Old Std, Iwata New Gothic, Iwata Seichou, Iwata Kaisho Pro, Iwata Kaisho Std, Iwata Reisho Pro, Iwata Reisho Std, Iwata Kyokasyo Std, Iwata Kyokasyo Pro, Iwata Maru Gothic Std, Iwata Mincho Std, Iwata News Mincho NK Pro, Iwata News Mincho NK Std, Iwata News Mincho Std, Iwata News Gothic NK Pro, Iwata Gothic Old Std, Iwata Gyousho Std, Iwata Gyousho Pro, Iwata GNew Gothic Pro, Iwata GKyoukasho Pro, Iwata GMincho Pro, Iwata GMaru Gothic Pro, Iwata GKyoukasho Pro N, Iwata G Gothic Pro, Iwata UD Maru Gothic Pro, Iwata News Gothic Pro (ca. 1990), Iwata Mincho Pro, Iwata New Gothic Pro, and Iwata News Mincho Pro (ca. 1990).
Creator of Ghetto Dot Alphahira (2010, FontStruct), a dot matrix typeface for Latin and hiragana. Funki Fuji (2010, FontStruct) is a starred outline typeface for Latin and hiragana. Kool Korean (2011, FontStruct) mixes Latin and Korean. Ukikusa (2013) is a hand-drawn hiragan font. In 2014, he published Pirate Power (a grungy blackletter typeface). In 2015, he added Rnd Symbz (dingbats) and Sloppy Koetsu (handwriting). In 2017, he designed DeGerm LoCase (an irregular blackletter), Tracedots, CmpHand, Gizagiza and Lindbergh Baby (ransom note font). In 2020, he added Oddballz. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jack Three Five (was: Jackal Devil)
Makoto Sakai (Jack Three Five, and before that, Jackal Devil) is the designer of the pixel fonts JACKAL_07, JACKAL_07X_CURVE, JACKAL_07X_OUT, JACKAL_08_K01, JACKAL_08, JACKAL_08_2s, JACKAL_08_sw, JACKAL_08s (2002) and of BlockAL01 (2001) and Squall (2001). Some non-pixel typefaces too. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese brush calligraphy (shodo) comes in various styles:
Japanese Fonts 01
Links to free Japanese and Chinese fonts. Plus a free direct downloads, such as
Article by Kyoko for Ping Mag in 2005 on the letters found on sake barrels, all dating back to the Edo era, and thus called edo-moji. The characters with swooshy wind-blown endings are called hige-moji (hige is a whisker). The most frquent character is the ultra-black one, naturally called sumo-moji. The more subtle Kanteiryu is designed from the image of a female Kabuki character. [Google] [More] ⦿
Association that developed some Japanese fonts, such as the Heisei Kaku Gothic, Heisei Maru Gothic and Heisei Mincho families at Adobe. IBM commissioned their own versions of the Heisei family. These IBM versions can be bought and licensed from Ascender Corporation. [Google] [More] ⦿
Classification of Japanese typefaces (with passages taken from a beautiful document by Philip Ronan:
An archive with 36 display style katakana fonts. Main page with more blogging on Latin and other typography. It is run by Sim Jun Han ("Jayhan") who graduated in graphic design from KBU International College, and now works in a games production company called John Galt Games Malaysia, located in Kuala Lumpur. [Google] [More] ⦿
Original free Mac fonts: Frippa, Hayarn, Fifth-rotten, Fifth, Tisyo, Cream, Snoop, Hawaian, Mikan, Orange, Esnical, Milmil, Bazaar. Type 1 and truetype. Half the fonts are katakana, and half are Latin. Dead link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jeong Hwan Kim
Australian researcher and Japanese typography expert. Maintains an on-line Japanese dictionary, and offers many useful links on Japanese. Jim Breen is/was at the Department of Digital Systems, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jim Kurrasch's Kanji
Jim's Kanji are shareware kanji characters (2550 in all) drawn in 1994 by Jim Kurrasch from Goleta, CA. James Kenneth Kurrasch (1948-2003), a Vietnam veteran and Japanese sword expert, died in 2003. His fonts can be downloaded here and here. They were converted to type 1 in 1999 by Jim Parsons (Verge). [Google] [More] ⦿
Creator (b. 1985, USA) of the free pixel typefaces Litebulb 8Bit (2014, based on the current logos of Nickelodeon and its blocks and sister networks: Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Teen Nick, and NickMom) and Early GameBoy (2014, after the Nintendo game). Both fonts were made with FontStruct. In 2014, he made the pixel typeface Arcadepix Plus, which is based on Arcadepix by Reekee of Dimenzioned (includes katakana and Cyrillic). [Google] [More] ⦿
Commercial Japanese foundry in Shinjuku which makes and sells many full Japanese and CJK fonts. Its designers are Osamu Torinoumi, Keiichi Katada, Makoto Kakita, Tetsuya Handa, Osamu Ando, Hisashi Iwai, Chikao Ito and Sayaka Ishii.
The company has developed more than 40 typefaces including Hiragino series and Koburina Gothic for Dai Nippon Screen MFG, and their own Yu Fonts Library. They were awarded the 1st Keinosuke Sato Award in 2002 and the Good Design Award in 2005 with the Hiragino series. They started the sale of the Yu Gothic L and H in January, 2008.
List of typefaces: Yu Mincho, Yu-Mincho Gogou Kana, Yutsuki Shogo Kana, Yu Mincho 5go Kana, Yu Mincho 36p Kana, Yu Gothic Shogo Kana, Yu Gothic, Yutuki Midashi Mincho, Yu Kantei, Yu Kyokasyotai, Yu-Kyokasyo M, Yu-Kanteiryu, Yu-tsuki Syogou Gothic Kana.
About Osamu Torinoumi (b. 1955, Yamagata): He joined Sha-Ken Co. Ltd. in 1979 upon his graduation from the Graphic Design department at Tama Art University. Torinoumi is the president (since 1998) and type designer of Jiyukobo Ltd., which he established in 1989 with Tsutomu Suzuki and Keiichi Katada. He designed the Hiragino series and Koburina Gothic for Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co. Ltd., and has developed more than 100 typefaces for his company brand, focusing on basic typefaces such as Yu Mincho and Gothic of the Yu typeface library. Torinoumi is the recipient of the first Keinosuke Sato Typography Award in 2002, Good Design Award for the Hiragino series in 2005, and Tokyo TDC Type Design Award in 2008. He also teaches at Kyoto Seika University. Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on Hiragana & Katakana: the voice of Japanese typefaces.
Free Windows fonts by Y. Ishibashi at J-Junction: Dancing Doll, NiseHangle, DetaraMe, Innchiki (hiragana), Jichitai (katakana), Dancing (dingbats), Morse, Gaiden (wonderful deep sea creatures dingbats), MachineGO. [Google] [More] ⦿
Taiwanese graphic designer Joe (Hsuan-Hao) Chang (Taipei) has unveiled his typeface Wafflu in 2012. Joe, who has worked as a type designer for Dynacomware and also as a freelancer at Tenten Creative, was inspired to create the typeface by Dutch waffles and by Japanese scripts.
In 2012, he graduated from the TypeMedia program at KABK, Den Haag. Wafflu was his graduation project.
During his studies with Paul van der Laan at Type & Media in the KABK in Den Haag, Joe Chang created a revival of a 1927 typeface by Sjoerd H. de Roos called Meidoorn (2012). For this, he used printed material as well as original punches.
Principal of Typetrix.
Johan Prag is a Swedish Art Director living and working in Tokyo, Japan. Before coming to Tokyo, he was part of renowned design agency Stockholm Design Lab where he among other things worked on the rebranding of Scandinavian Airlines System. His typefaces include SUN (for UA's SUN album), and Breathe (for UA's Breathe album). [Google] [More] ⦿
Original fonts by John Manjiro: Full-House20, Manjiro'sHw21.
Foundry in Tokyo. Creator of the techno typefaces Naname Kun (2010, a 3d octagonal family), Otsuki Sama (2011, a delicate high-contrast geometric fashion mag font), Julmeme Kun (2009) and Kaminari Kun (2009).
The foundry is run by Swiss-born Julien Mercier (b. 1983), who works as a graphic designer in Tokyo.
K3 Online is a Japanese font outfit offering fonts designed by Ukino. These include UkinoMaruHira, UkinoMaruHira, UkinoMaruHiraLight, UkinoMaruHiraNormal, UkinoMaruKanaNormal, UkinoPopnCircleNormal (dot matrix font, 2002). [Google] [More] ⦿
Kaiser Zhar Khan (b. 1980, Chile), aka Zanatilja, used to run a new defunct archive called True Type Fonts. He also designed many typefaces himself. The most famous among these is his free African-themed typeface South Afirkas 2100 (2009), which is downloadable from Dafont.
In 2012, he made Stickerman Bad Times, Rock X Start TFB, Aespiro TFB, Perspectivo TFB (3d face), Desgarvuda (textured face), Estancofida TFB (textured face), LEDisplay TFB, Restroom Signs TFB, Chinese Cally TFB, Discontinuo, Suast Ornad TFB (a textured face), Scoolar TFB (3d face), Katakana TFB, Hiragana TFB, Dragons TFB, Arrows TFB, Old Retro Keys TFB, Pycuaf, Pycuafodi, Dragon Ball TFB, Escaned (texture face), Chess TFB, Seagram TFB, Army Weapons TFB, Stamp Seal TFB, Logos TFB, Scripto TFB, Another Ornaments TFB, Vintage Auto Cars TFB, Simple (a monoline sans), Travesia TFB (information design dings), Music TFB (dingbats), Xmas Cartoon, Wings of Wind TFB, Mickey M TFB, Pincel Handwrite, Jigsaw Pieces TFB, Valentines Day TFB (heart dingbats), Proportional TFB (squarish sans), Stars TFB, Working Signs TFB, Signs Language TFB, Ornaments Labels and Frames, Snowflakes TFB, Christmas Nativity TFB, Chinese Zodiac TFB, Zodiac TFB, Only Skulls, Calendar Note TFB, Sports TFB (sports silhouettes), Old Retro Labels TFB, 11 Vator TFB, Xmas TFB (Christmas dings), Trees TFB, Clothing Logos TFB, Dirty Sweb, Can Dog TFB, Ornaments, Finger Print, Kitty Kats TFB, Batman Logo Evolution TFB, Light TFB (avant garde sans), Digital Display TFB (LED face), Skullx (dingbats), Tribal Tattoo (dingbats), Klingon, The Meme Font (dingbats), Rongorongo (a system of glyphs discovered in the 19th century on Easter Island), Strangferfixcs, Hotel Transilvania and Frankenwine.
Typefaces made in 2013: Pudahuel Sans, Variada TFB (simple circle-and-arc-based sans), Estorea TFB, New LED Board TFB, Rayada TFB (textured face), New Barcode Font TFB, Estrellas TFB (stars), Estrellass (sic) TFB, Spirits Dots Drinks, Mero Ornad TFB (fishnet textured), Toolz TFB, New Stencil TFB, Logocarsbats TFB, Caritons TFB (smilies), Illustrations TFB (scanbats), Edgebat TFB (knives), Crossbats TFB (crosses), Abstrec TFB (organic sans), Frames TFB, BitxMap Font TFB, Austera Simple TFB, Traffic Signs TFB, Extranger Sol TFB, Rifle Bats TFB, New X Digital TFB (LED typeface family), Dasgastada TFB, El Alambre TFB, Punk Not Dead TFB, Triangled TFB, Noxtrey Auf TFB, Cross LED TFB (+Bold), Cursi Extra TFB, Hearts Shapes TFB, Ornamentsss TFB, Eggfaces TFB, Orniste TFB, Shadded TFB (sic) (shadow face), Spoghetti Western (sic) (Italian Far West face), Groovy Font (shaded), Fireguns TFB (dingbats), Only Revolver TFB (dingbats), Aeg Flyon Now (condensed sans), Espinuda TFB, T1 Logoso TFB, Social Logos TFB, Hearts and Flowers for valentines, Astrology Astrological TFB, Ornametss TFB, Astrology TFB, Old Ornaments, Old Foundry Prints TFB, Old seals TFB, English Two Line TFB (pearly alphabet from 1796), Amame TFB (dot matrix face), Fontesda TFB (sketched face), Flowers Dots Bats TFB, Queen Destroy TFB, Bicycle TFB (dingbats), Stone Army, Ancient Weapons TFB, Numismatic Bats TFB, Elizabethan Initials TFB, Anome Ibul, Big Daddy LED, Mavole Sinpo TFB (spurred), Dowted Remix TFB (dot matrix face), QR Font TFB, Another Barcode, Display Free TFB (LED face), Cadabra Debilex, Initials TFB, Music Logos TFB, Toxic Waste TFB, Ornad Dentro TFB, Logos and Logos TFB, Amore Mio, Hearts Shapes TFB, Another X Display TFB (dot matrix), Pro Display TFB (dot matrix), Juino Net, Quiwo Luse TFB, Aliencons Two, Cargante TFB, News Board TFB, Aliencons TFB, Barcode TFB, Birthday Balon TFB, Birds TFB (silhouettes), Le Fish (fish silhouettes), Motos TFB, Love You Too TFB (Valentine's day font), LED LCD 123, Noteame (fat sans), Badopus TFB (monoline script), Estrellado TFB, Love You TFB (Valentine's Day font), Cubs LED TFB (LED / dot matrix typeface), Text Inside TFB (textured face), Kuwa Ronmcie Q (circle-based face), Zebra TFB, Distrogrunge TFB, Carillas TFB (smilies).
Japanese art site run by Donna M. Stewart ("Kajika") (b. 1985), who lives in Scotland. Alternate URL. She created Urbain and his pigs organ (2005, comic book script) and Perry's Magic Hat (2005). [Google] [More] ⦿
Kamimura & Co. (was: Studio Antwork, or: Detail Type Foundry)
Kamimura & Co (or Detail Type Foundry, and earlier, Studio Antwork) are Makoto Kamimura's studios in Shibuya, Tokyo. Makoto created the compass-and-ruler roman corporate typeface Delilia (2011), as well as Geometric Light Display (2011).
In 2017, he released the slightly flared typeface Soma.
Kataoka Design Works
Japanese foundry whose designers include Akira Kataoka (b. 1947), Ayumi Kiryu and Yuji Kataoka. Kataoka is also director of Kinuta Font Factory.
Commercial fonts include the extensive Iroha Gothic family (2005: Popura, Momi, Kaede, Matu, Icho, Tubaki, Keyaki, Kiri, Ume, Momiji, Nire, Sakura), the MaruMaru Gothic family (2008), Donguri (2011), Yuji3, the Marumin family (2000: Tikuma, Kiso, Shinano, Fuji, Yoshino, Katura), Yamamoto-An (2013), Shin (2014), Kinuta Minchotai L (2017) , and Kana Reiwa (2019).
Author of Mojihon.
Born in 1940 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, Katsumi Asaba founded the Katsumi Asaba Design Studio in 1975. He has designed many advertisements for Japanese companies. He produced the poster of the Nagano wintertime Olympics, for example.
Asaba is the chairman of the Tokyo Type Directors Club (TDC) and of the Japan Graphic Designers Association (JAGDA). He is a committee member of the Tokyo Art Directors Club (ADC).
His principal area of expertise lies in the pictographic Dongba script used in rituals by the Naxi tribe in China.
He has been awarded the Tokyo ADC Grand Prix, and the Medal with purple ribbon. Keynote speaker at ATypI Hong Kong in 2012.
In 1996, Aoki won Silver Prize at the annual Tokyo Type Designers Club competition for a logotype he designed for Hiromichi Nakano Design Office. Born in Tokyo in 1965, and employed by San-Ad Co., Ltd. since 1989. [Google] [More] ⦿
Katsuyoshi Kappon Okuhara
Kawaka Ikehara is credited with the design of the first Japanese metal types. According to Yukari Haruta, his typeface provided a bridge between the unique Japanese calligraphy (Wayo) in use until the late Edo period and modern typographic forms from the Meiji period, and its influence deserves wider recognition. Ikehara was not as well-known as Tomiji Hirano and Shozo Motoki, who are usually credited with the importation of Western typography to Japan in the late nineteenth century. However, it was Ikehara who provided them with the drawings of their typefaces. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kazuaki Miyatani's hacm (2012) is a free TeX package to typeset the Arka alphabet. Arka is Seren Arbazard's constructed language, which is quite elaborate. The nine official fonts in the package are kardinal, alblant, fenlil, nalnia, olivia, lantia, inje, defans, fialis. [Google] [More] ⦿
Member of a type design team at Monotype that created the Tazugane Gothic typeface in 2017. Designed by Akira Kobayashi, Kazuhiro Yamada and Ryota Doi of the Monotype Studio, the Tazugane Gothic typeface offers ten weights and was developed to complement Neue Frutiger. It is the first original Japanese typeface in Monotype's history. Variable fionts published in 2022: Tazugane Gothic Variable, Tazugane Info Variable. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Designer of the free truetype screen fonts somybmp01_7, somybmp02_7, somybmp03_7, somybmp04_7, somybmp05_8, somybmp06_12, all made in 2002. The readme file gives another name, Kazunori Yasuda, while the ttf files show Kazuki Takada.
Japanese creator in 2002 of the oriental simulation typefaces typefaces KZBLADERUNNER1 and KZBLADERUNNER2, the 3d typefaces KZCUBIStSKELEtON, KZCUBIStSOLID, the techno typefaces KZEXCELALP and KZWEDNESDAYAL, the psychedelic typeface KZGRAVItY, and the display faceKZtURBO. He lives in Tochigi and was born in 1969. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Archive of commercial type 1 fonts for Chinese (DLCHei, DLCSong, DLCKaishu, DLCFangSong, DLCZongYi, DLCWeiBei, GBYen, HeitiCSEG, TankuinEG, HeitiEG), Thai (DBErawan, DBFongNam, DBNarai, DBPradit), Hangul (HYGothic, HYTeGoThic, JCLIGHT, HYMyeongJo), Vietnamese (Vina family), Cyrillic (Vina, Helvetica, Newton), and Arabic (Geezah, Nadeem, LotusTT, Yakoot, DedanAB). [Google] [More] ⦿
Two free original font sets by Kei Matsumoto: KeiBoots (free grungy truetype Latin character font), KakuKaku1 (1998, 3 Kanji font sets, unclear whether free or not). The latter font is angular and almost of comic book style, at least is Latin part. Download site. See also here and here. [Google] [More] ⦿
A graduate of RISD, Keitaro works in marketing at Morisawa Inc in Japan, since 2008. Speaker at ATypI 2014 in Barcelona. Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on Deep Neural Network in Typeface. In the latter talk, Keitaro Sakamoto and Tetsuo Sakomura show an experiment on the recognition of a Japanese character and its components by a deep neaural network. They investigate how a Latin typeface can be recognized or "learned". Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dr. Ken Lunde is Manager of CJKV Type Development at Adobe Systems Incorporated, San Jose, CA. He holds a Ph.D. (1994) in Linguistics from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. He wrote Understanding Japanese Information Processing (O'Reilly&Associates, 1993), and CJKV Information Processing (O'Reilly&Associates, 1999). He also wrote CJKV Information Processing: Chinese, Japanese, Korean&Vietnamese Computing (O'Reilly). In 2010, Adobe will release the first genuinely proportional Japanese font, Kazuraki (by Japanese type designer Ryoko Nishizuka), which was developed at Adobe in 2009 under his management.
In 2018, Ken Lunde and Masataka Hattori co-designed Soukou Mincho (free at Fontsquirrel).
Speaker at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo on the topic of The History of Japan's Era Name Square Ligatures, and in particular, the two-kanji square ligatures for the five most recent eras, Reiwa (2019), Heisei (1989), Shouwa, Taishou and Meiji. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kenichi Tanaka Design
Kenji Takeuchi's Mac fonts (free) are beautiful. The list: 24H-A, 5ZIRA, AJfry, Birthday, Country Road-A, Country Road-H, Country Road-K, Diet, Heavy Q-A, Heavy Q-H, Heavy Q-K, Hirarin, Janken, Jinba, Okumusasi, OshaberiCat, Panic, Picnic, Satellite-K, Sub3, Takao, Take1, Teatime, funrun, kannaduki, pomeranian, satellite-N. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of Electronica-Akihabara, Electronica-Manseibashi, Electronica-Sotokanda, all sales-type katakana; and Urban Children (romaji, hira, kata), sold at Font Pavilion. Kentaro is the cocreator of Nendo. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese graphic designer in Barcelona, where he studied at Eina. His typefaces:
Japanese foundry of Sachie Shimokawa. Free fonts made by them include KFhimaji, KFhimajiMONO. Subpage with marker fonts for Latin such as Fel and Toho and for kana such as Mojii, all dated 2003-2005. [Google] [More] ⦿
Khaito Gengo (Des Moines, WA, and Seattle, WA) graduated from High School in Australia. From 2005 to 2008, he worked as a graphic designer at his father's interior design company, Gengo Space Design Institute, in Japan. After that, he graduated from Highline Community College, WA, and was mentored by Laura Worthington. Sola (2011) is a minimalist modern sans serif type typeface with rounded corners. It features a standard set of information design pictograms. Asbel (2011) is an octagonal family. Hideko (2011) is midway between sans and serif, and is rooted in Japanese calligraphy. Air Factory (2011) is a simple geometric sans work horse family, that includes a Stencil style and Air Factory Rounded (2012, by Pablo Balcells, according to MyFonts---can this be correct?).
Kinema Moon Graphics
Kinema Moon Graphics has Yuichi Nakagawa's fonts. Some free fonts: Betulehem, Fude (2008, handwriting), Fushi, Fuu, GolgothaObliqueE, GolgothaObliqueJ, Golgotha, HOSHI, Hane, InKanji, In, Ishi, Ito, KADOkaku, KADOmaru, Kakato, KATACHI, Kodama, Koto, Looper, Mizu, Moleculemodel, Namida, OTOchouha, OTOtanpa, Sakura, Shiziku, Sinobi, Sora, Sputnik (1998), Take, TenRegularE, Tsuno (gothic), Tsuta, V2, Yoru. Commercial fonts: Toge (2007-2008, gothic), Yari (2008, a pointy blackletter), Some of its commercial fonts are sold through Font Pavilion. Check here for the very nice medieval Spanish-look font Ibara (Roman and Japanese versions). In Font Pavilion 12 (2000), we find SORA-RegularE and SORA-RegularJ. [Google] [More] ⦿
Commercial Japanese foundry that sells the typefaces of Yoshizaku Imada.
The typeface library: Seicho Mincho-tai Kinryo, Seicho Mincho-tai Kinryo B, Shincho Kankokutai Keisetsu, Shisen Souchou-tai Ryusou, Sakigake, Fumite, Shiori, Saotome, Madoka, Hokuto, Uguisu, Ishibumi, Kurofune, Yabusame, Takasago, Bateren, Genroku, Edo, Hayato, Kizahashi, Sakuragi, Kotonoha, Sayoi, Motoi, Ikehara, Manabu, Kuramochi, Hisanaga, Yukawa, Minami, Taira, Akebono, Sagano, Naniwa, Aoi, Kamome, Hanabusa, Taoyame, Kuretake, Masurao, Waji Oh Hanabusa, Waji Oh Kuretake, Waji Oh Kotonoha, Waji Taoyame, Waji Masurao, Imarisu, Pokkuru, Hatsuhiyamato, Wakabayamato, Minoriyamato, Hanarenge, Hanakocho, Hanabotan, Nanohana, Shogakukan Antique, Kana Minyu Mincho, Kana MInyu Gothic, Tsuya, Go Curl, Heisei Maru Gothic-tai, Mincho, Koran Hoso Socho, Bokassy, Imaryu, Imaso.
They have a special section on kanji fonts for children and schools.
Kinuta Font Factory
This Japanese foundry, est. 1995, sells the typefaces designed by Akira Kataoka, Ayumi Kiryu, Yuji Kataoka and Michiya Yamamoto: Kinuta Minchotai, Marumin, MaruMaru Gothic, Yuji-3, Donguri, Yamamoto-An, Shin and Kiriko.
In 2021, some of its typefaces made it to the Google collection, such as Yuji Boku, Yuji Mai and Yuji Syuku. Yuji is a series of fonts digitizing handwriting by calligrapher Yuji Kataoka.
Japanese foundry, est. 2003, which made the (incomplete) kana/Latin display font Doraemoji, the Hankyu Station font, 55font*, DOUTOR (stencil), The-Font-of-DRUAGA-, guruhude (curly kana), HABBO, KAIJI-no-"ZAWA", Laundry, PSX! (2003, futuristic design), Quintetto, UNAO-JAPON-PRO (handwritten kanji face), UNAO-JAPON, UO-FONT, womusubikun, Strawberry (2004), Goonies (2004), Siusendo (2004, handwritten kanji face), Hentaikana (2004), Osushi (2004, sushi ding font), Strawberry, Ozen (2004, sushi ding font). Alternate URL. Font names: 70:nine-round, Akou-47, 70:ARAHABIKA, 70:BIKKORO, 70:D-FONT, DORAEMOJI, 70:DOTTY-SQUARE, 70:DOUToU, 70:The-Font-of-DRUAGA, 70:GOOONIES, GuruguruFudemoji, 70:HABOBO, 70:Hankyu-Station, HenTaiKana, 70:O-DE-N, 70:O-SU-SHI, 70:PSPS, 70:Quintetto, 70:reclining-chair, Siusen-Do-Font, Siusen-Do-Font, 70:SPOOK, 70:-STRAWBERRY-, 70:Sakura-Valuation-Stamp, 70:Syouwa-Nostalgie, 70:TIROLING, 70:TOYBOX, UNAO-JAPON-pro--new--, UNAO-JAPON-PRO, UNAO-JAPON, 70:UO-FONT, 70:womusubikun, 70:Wonta, 70:ZAWA-ZAWA, 70:Laundry, 70:Mushroom-Land, 70:M*O*O*N*G*L*O*W (moon phases). [Google] [More] ⦿
Kishin (Art Path Finder)
Kishin from Japan, had a page with about 40 free fonts, all called Line Art Fonts by "Kishin". These were great-looking typefaces with a simple aesthetic feel, Mac only. Dead link. Kishin asked me to remove his email as well. [Google] [More] ⦿
Twenty nice commercial display and dingbat fonts (Mac, PC) at this foundry in Kobe, Japan. List: KOBEAIR, KOBECHIFFON, KOBEFUNK, KOB, KOBEHEX, KOBEJAZZ, KOBELEAF, KOBEMODERN, KOBEMUFFIN, KOBEQUEEN, KOBERAIN, KOBESHELL, KOBESNOW, KOBESOUL, KOBESUMMER, KOBEWEBSIGNNO1, KOBEWEBSIGNNO2, KOBEWEBSIGNNO3, KOBEWIND, KOBEWIND_3D, KOBE_EDGE, KOBE_SCREEN, KOBE_PANDA. They also made the OpenType typeface KyuKyoryuchi (2004). Alternate URL. Yet another URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese type designer. He was a multiple award winner at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2014, obtaining the Gold Prize in the kanji category for the rounded sans typeface Wakatsuki Maru Gothic (2013-2014), and the Bronze Prize in the Latin category for Kulin (2013-2014). [Google] [More] ⦿
Koji Naito's Instant Font series is sold through Font Pavilion: Airline (1997), Capsule (LED), Chocolate, Hamster (alphadings, 1997), Lemonade (katakana). On the Font Pavilion 08 CD: Astronaut 2001 (1998), Mechanics (1998). Both fonts have roman and katakana versions. [Google] [More] ⦿
Freelance artist and type designer in Japan, b. 1963. He designed many logos such as the Shanghai World Financial Center, Tokyo Station City, Mizuho Financial Group, Nissan Mortors, Odakyu, Fusion Communications, Mitsui Garden Hotels, Natchan! (suntory), Acerola Drink,The Premium Malts (Suntory), and Orangina (Suntory). His typefaces:
Kool Type Lab
Links to Korean fonts and font software. Includes six Type 1 Mac or PC fonts for free download: these are Frank's Breve fonts that allow the transcription of Korean and Japanese according to the systems of McCune-Reischauer and Hepburn. Mainly Mac-oriented page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese designer (b. 1993, Tokyo) who studied at Keio University, Fujisawa, Japan, where he obtained a Bachelor of Art in Environmental Information. Creator of Braille Neue (2017), a typeface that combines Braille and Latin. According to Takahashi, Braille Neue is a universal typeface that combines braille with existing characters. This typeface communicates to both the sighted and blind people in the same space. Braille Neue consists of two typesets - Braille Neue Standard which is for English alphabet and Braille Neue Outline which is for Japanese and English. Our aim is to use this universal typeset for Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics 2020 to create a truly universal space where anyone can access information.
Yoshio Kobayashi is a Japanese font maker. Free fonts by him include Elements Kanji, K's-BarCodeFont-Code39, K's-Floral-Dings, K's-Numeral-Arabic-1, K's-Numeral-Arabic-GC, K's-Numeral-Arabic-GCN, K's-Numeral-Arabic-RC, K's-Numeral-Arabic-RCN, K's-Numeral-Roman-1, K's-Road-Sign-Symbols-J (2001), K's-Japanese-Shogi-Pieces (2001), K's-Snow-Crystals, WeatherJ (2001). Old URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of Logo Jr Black (2007, with Shigeru Katsumoto), a winner in the TDC2 2008 competition. Katsumoto is associated with Visual Design Lab in Japan. It also won at Letter 2 (2011). Kyoko's KyoSensha (2010) won an award at D&AD 2011. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese makers of an initial caps font in which letters are related to torture chamber tools and anatomy, and of the anatomical dingbat typeface Hone Font. Alternate URL. Still another URL. Fontspace link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kyota Sugimoto (1882-1972) was a Japanese inventor who developed the first practical Japanese typewriter. He received the Blue Ribbon Award and the Small Asahi Ribbon. Out of the thousands of kanji characters, Kyota's typewriter used 2,400 of them. The following description of his carrerr and achievements is taken from Kris Sowersby's page on the occasion of the publication by Kris Sowersby, in 2018, of a monospaced version of Futura called The Future Mono.
Kyota Sugimoto was born in Okayama prefecture in 1882. Because of his desire to become a specialist in communication technology, he entered the Training Institute for Communication Technology in Osaka, and completed his studies at the training institute in 1900. At that time, typewriters were already commonly used in Europe and America, but no practical type of typewriter had been developed yet for the Japanese language, which would make it possible to write Japanese (Kanji) without using a pen. After he completed his studies at the training institute, Kyota Sugimoto started working in the letterpress technology field, and then turned his attention to development of a typewriter for text in Japanese. At that time, typewriters which could be used to write Japanese utilized characters arranged either on a cylindrical surface or on an arc-shaped surface, but either way only a few characters were available. In order to really adapt typewriters to kanji, which has a huge number of characters, Kyota Sugimoto carefully considered the nature of this writing system, including the frequency of use of characters used in public documents. The 2,400 characters chosen as a result were arranged by classification on a character carriage, and the chosen character was raised by a type bar that could move forward and backward and left and right. The character was then typed against a cylindrical paper supporter. He obtained the patent rights to the Japanese typewriter that he invented, first in Japan (1915, Patent No. 27877) and somewhat later in the USA (1917, Patent No. 1245633). This invention amounted to an epoch making design on which current typewriters for Japanese are based, contributing greatly to efficient processing of documents and creation of different types of documents. In year 1953 he was decorated with the Blue Ribbon Award, and in the year 1965 he received the Small Asahi Ribbon Award. He died in the year 1972. Until the popularization of word processor technology, the Japanese typewriter contributed greatly to increased efficiency of document preparation at Japanese companies and government offices. [Google] [More] ⦿
Atsushi Mizukami's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: Toy is a toy soldier alphading font (1998). Bug is just a techno font. In Font Pavilion 12 (2000), he published Toy-123. Other fonts include TOY-3D (1999). [Google] [More] ⦿
General links on typography and fonts, compiled by Denis Roegel (with earlier contributions by Karl Tombre who is no longer involved). Very, very useful. This page contains, among other things:
Latinotype was founded in 2007 by Felipe Soto and Miguel Hernández, and is based in Concepción, Chile. Catalog of their typefaces. Latinotype now also includes the work of Daniel and Enrique Hernandez, Luciano Vergara and Joaquín Contreras. Their typefaces:
Freelance graphic designer in Buenos Aires who graduated from UADE (Universidad Argentina de la Empresa) with a degree in Graphic Design. In 2010, she created a Japanese-look and Japanese-feel typeface called Dekiru.
FontStructor who made the squarish typeface Leafy (2011). With over 1600 glyphs, it covers Basic Latin, More Latin, Extended Latin B, Extended Latin A, Greek and Coptic, Cyrillic, Katakana, Hangul, Georgian, Bopomofo, Even More Latin. [Google] [More] ⦿
Letterjuice is the British type foundry of Pilar Cano, who graduated from the University of Reading, 2006, but started out life in Barcelona. After graduation, still in 2006, she co-founded Mídori, a graphic design studio specialised in editorial design. Letterjuice is based in Brighton, UK.
Coauthor, with Marta Serrats, of Typosphere (2007, Harper Collins). Creator of these typefaces:
LGJ Font Notes
Taiwanese type designer Edward Lee has some font information pages (in Chinese). He has useful technical discussions on Metafont, OpenType, Truetype and type 1. Downloadable full CJK fonts include cwHBMono (2008, Tsong-Min Wu, Tsong-Huey Wu and Edward G.J. Lee).
This archive contains about 30 free full Chinese fonts in the WT, WTS, WP, and WCL series created in 2004 by Taiwanese type designer Edward G. J. Lee. The font names are: HanWangMingMediumChuIn, HanWangKaiMediumChuIn, HanWangMingMediumPoIn1, HanWangKaiMediumPoIn1, HanWangMingMediumPoIn2, HanWangKaiMediumPoIn2, HanWangMingMediumPoIn3, HanWangKaiMediumPoIn3, HanWangMingLight, HanWangMingMedium, HanWangMingBold, HanWangMingHeavy, HanWangMingBlack, HanWangYenLight, HanWangYenHeavy, HanWangHeiLight, HanWangHeiHeavy, HanWangLiSuMedium, HanWangFangSongMedium, HanWangKanDaYan, HanWangKanTan, HanWangZonYi, HanWangYanKai, HanWangShinSuMedium, HanWangCC02, HanWangCC15, HanWangGSolid06cut1, HanWangGB06, HanWang-KaiBold-Gb5, HanWang-WeiBeiMedium-Gb5, HanWang-FangSongMedium-Gb5, HanWang-SinSongThin-Gb5. All fonts are copyright Dr. Hann-Tzong Wang, 2002-2004. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese Mac and Windows font vendor. Has fonts by Dynafont, NIS, Ryobi, Adobe, Morisawa, Iwata, Motoya, Ricoh, Canon, Fujitsu, Nihon Lieral, Arphic, Fujisoft, VDL, Taka, NTF, Fontworks, Maruokahakushu, Souei. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese font archive with Jim's Kanji font and many kana fonts: Akihibara, ArawasuKatakana, ColopocleKT, Chicagothic, DigiMode1988K1, DigiMode1988, GtinformatAL, GtinformatKT, HachipochiA, HachipochiK, PJ-Hiragana, Japanese, JHIRAG01, JKATAK01, JROMAJ01, JayCons, PJ-Katakana, NihonbashiKatakana, OrangeLight, Parade20A, Parade20K, Shear-15_A, Shear-15_H, Shear-15_K, typoBokankaakana, Teacher_A, Teacher_K, AirlineKatakata, OrangeLightK1, Receipt43K, StampyK. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free fonts made in Japan: Lt-alphaDot (pixel face), Lt-angular, Lt-etudy-alpha, Lt-etudy-katakana, Lt-failsafe-alpha, Lt-failsafe-hiragana, Lt-failsafe-katakana, Lt-handy (hand and finger dingbat face), Lt-hexen, Lt-Hatukari-Alpha, Lt-Hatukari-Kana, Lt-kanaDot, Lt-precautor, Lt-regulator, Sans-Copperplate-Gothic, Lt-strings-alpha, Lt-trisos. Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Alternate URL. Original roman and kana fonts: Hatukari-Alpha, Hatukari-Kana, Sans-Copperplate-Gothic, alphaDot, angular, etudy_alpha, etudy_kata, failsafe, handy [hands], hexen [oriental simulation font], kanaDot, precautor [dingbats], regulator-b-01 [dingbats], strings, trisos. [Google] [More] ⦿
Linux and Nihongo
Chinese archive: Gulim (Latin/Cyrillic/universal and Korean typeface by HanYang, 2000), Hiragino Maru Gothic Pro W4 (OTF by Dainippon, 2002), Hei (for Mac), Heiti (Chinese font by Changzhou SinoType Technology Co, 2002), Lihei Pro (Chinese font by DynaComware Corp, 2003). Also, the Luxi family. [Google] [More] ⦿
Living Typedrive (or: Living Plant)
Takafumi Miyadima is a Japanese type designer who sells his fonts via Font Pavilion. The Living Typedrive 1.0J CD has 2070 Polyester, 2100 Celluloid, 2120 Latex. The Living Typedrive 1.0J CD has 2010 Silicone, 2040 Concrete, 2130 Uranium. The Living Typedrive 3.0J CD has 2080 Acrylic, 2110 Titanium, 2170 Glucose, typically with romaji, katakana, hiragana. There is also 2021 Carbon, 2051 Plastic, 2030 Urethan, 2060 Rayonne, 2081 Acrylic, 2091 Steel, 2140 Xylitol, 2160 Nickel Alp (1999), Acrylic 2081 (kata, romaji). At Digitalogue, he designed 4030STARCH (1999). [Google] [More] ⦿
Lonesome Type Factory
Lorenz Lopetz Gianfreda
Love Font Vapour Trail
Japanese foundry with principally free bitmap-style truetype fonts and some techno faonts, all made in 2001: BlockBlackBitA12, BlockWhiteBitA12, CherishBitH7, CherishBitK7, ChibiBitA5, DayDreamTrainH, DayDreamTrainK, DayDreamTrain, FloppyBitA16, HappyBirthdayMoon, JungleGymBitA6, OneBitA10, PopsceneBitK9, PopTuneBitA12, PopTuneOutBitA12, PopTuneRound, RadioRadioRadioBitA10, Romantic, SavouryBitK7, ShoplifterABitA16, ShoppingBitA10, SoLongBitA15, SpreadBitA10, StadiumBitA10, StartBitA10, StetchBitA13, SugarBoy, TinyBoxBitA10, TinyBoxBlackBitA8, TinyBoxCollageBitA12, WeekBitA10. The designer is "Kaaya". [Google] [More] ⦿
Lovedesign offers free fonts, mostly by Wataru Osakabe (aka J. Brain). Many are techno typefaces. A partial list: Fool22, CommonPixel, Haris, SecretPassage, SucideNote, Vanilla, Arupino (2001, kana), CherryBlossom (futuristic, 2001), Metropolis (Bauhaus style, 2001), Lovedesign 99 font kana, Gulico Extra Bold, Han-Rice (2000, Asian lookalike font), Tytyle kana, Tytyle Regular (kitchen tile face), Cobra-Ld Regular, ErisKana, MonnaLisa, LovelyDesign, Aurora Devil, Tonight Tonight, Cobra2, GENOCIDERMX, GameOver, HEIGHt, Loedesign99HIRABold, Metamorphose, SweetDays, Poo, tonighonigh, Tytyle, Romantic9 (2004, with Junichi Kato), Papicon (techno), Gameboy gamegirl, Ookami-girl, Hirakumo, Ikkoue, TKO Crazy, F39 Gold (stencil), Fickle, Mr. Chan, Aurora Dance, Masshimo (dingbats of figures made by Akiko Yaeshima). As of January 2004, these can be downloaded: LVDCCLASSIX, LVDCCobra4AL, LVDCCobra4KN, LVDCDisco02, LVDCDubKana, LVDCErisSQ, LVDCFool22, LVDCGOLD, LVDCGulico3, LVDCIKKOUE, LVDCLovelydesign, LVDCMirinda, LVDCNextGames, LVDCOtsukaDream, LVDCPapicon, LVDCPoo3, LVDCSecretPassage, LVDCSucideNote, LVDCSweetDays, LVDCTonightTonight, LVDCVanilla, LVDCauroradance, LVDCver5, LVDCArupino, LVDCBloodyValentine, LVDCCommonPix2, LVDCDubKana, LVDCHaris, LVDCauroradevil, LVDCHanricever3, LVDCMrsChan, LVDCGarnet (2004), LVDCMelos (2004), LVDC Berlin, LVDC Rebirth, LVDC Parthenon, LVDC Nina.
Luke William Turvey
Custom fonts made by Martin Majoor for Technische Universiteit Eindhoven in 1999. In truetype: TUELogosVLBold, TUELogosVL, TUEMeta-Book, TUEMeta-Medium, TUEMetaWide, TUEScala-BoldItalic, TUEScala-Bold, TUEScala-Italic, TUEScala. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free font producer in Japan that started out as a bitmap font specilaist. The M+ Fonts Project is jointly run by Coji Morishita, Hiroki Kanou, Imazu Kazuyuki and Taro Muraoka.
All fonts are totally free: Unlimited permission is granted to use, copy, and distribute them, with or without modification, either commercially or noncommercially. . Download page. Free monospaced and variable width outline fonts containing kana, kanji (97% coverage of jinmeiyo), Chinese (81% coverage of traditional Chinese), Korean, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin (sans), all made between 2006 and 2016 and still being developed: mplus-1p-black, mplus-1p-bold, mplus-1p-heavy, mplus-1p-light, mplus-1p-medium, mplus-1p-regular, mplus-1p-thin, mplus-2p-black, mplus-2p-bold, mplus-2p-heavy, mplus-2p-light, mplus-2p-medium, mplus-2p-regular, mplus-2p-thin.
In 2018, they published MPlusRounded1c at Google Fonts. Additions in 2021: M Plus Code Latin, M Plus 1 Code. Mplus 1 Code is a sans serif programming font with seven weights from Thin to Bold, supporting 5,700+ kanjis for Japanese with GF Latin Plus. iM Plus Code Latin is a multi-weight programming font for Latin only. Both have variable fonts as well.
Mac font archive. Has some Japanese fonts: ASLFont+ (by Hiroo Yamada), Kagurazaka12a (by Keitarou Hiraki), Makuhari and Narita (by Tosiaki Oorui), Setsugetsuka (by Emuxu), Youxi (by Tomohiro Sudo). There are many fonts by Marty Pfeiffer, and a Mac Chess font by Rolf Exner. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese foundry where you can download some free truetype Mac fonts: Anarchy, CrazyMonkey, Destroyed, Hyorofont, artwork, magicmushroom. The designer is Koiji (b. 1972). It seems to have gone commercial around 2006. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kyoto, Japan-based designer of these display typefaces:
Tokyo, Japan-based designer of the all caps Latin slab serif typeface Northern Lights (2019), Elegance (2020: a fashion mag sans), and the all caps sans typeface Loyalty (2020).
Codesigner, ca. 2007, with Masayuki Sato (Maniackers Design) of Detroit Type City-AL, Foood-AL, KT, Pokupoku-AL, KT, HR, Ball2-AL, Box2-AL, Button2-AL, Xtal-AL, KT, HR, Ikaho-AL, KT, MD Radiogram-KT, HR, Nepon-AL. By herself, still at Maniackers, the following fonts were designed: Ikaho-HR, TypeCantabile-KT, Kotodama-KT, Sandy-AL / 2Type, Yonimofushigina-AL, KT, Cloooud-AL, Yonimofushigina-HR, Timber-AL,KT, HR, Sunday-AL / 3Weight, Hyonnakotokara-AL, KT, HR. In 2009, Mami designed the pen scratch typeface Dandro AI. [Google] [More] ⦿
In their Global Type collection, URW++ has MAN (2012), a private corporate typeface family for the MAN company. There is a limited retail version for the volume at 7,500 Euros. It covers Turkish, Baltic, Romanian, Cyrillic, Greek, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Hebrew. [Google] [More] ⦿
Maniackers Design (or: MKS)
About 150 free original fonts by Masayuki Sato (from Futaba and/or Takasaki, Japan), over half of them pixel fonts. Maniackers designers started in 1995. For most fonts, he has a Latin alphabet (denoted by AL) and a katakana alphabet (denoted by KT). Some also have a hiragana version (denoted by HR). All fonts were made between 1998 and 2009.
During her graphic design studies at Nottingham Trent University, Mariko Ebine (b. Tokyo) created a typeface family called Circus (2012), which consists of a prismatic typeface that was inspired by beams of light, and an art deco titling typeface. [Google] [More] ⦿
From her CV: Having lived and worked as a half-Japanese and half-German in Germany for a long time, the focus of my artworks was to create books about Japanese culture. The intention of writing and designing books about Japanese topics was to make German readers curious about the strange and foreign culture and to give them insights into it. In the last eleven years I have published six books talking about Japanese culture. Since 1998, I ran my own design office with a focus on corporate design, corporate publishing and catalogue design. Since 2002 I was teaching at several Universities in Germany. Moving to Hong Kong and teaching as an assistant professor at the Academy of Visual Arts of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) since 2010 gives me new influences and inspiration for starting research projects focused on Chinese typography. My background of teaching typography as well as graphic design in Germany over eight years gives me the necessary background for starting a research project not only to learn more about my new cultural environment, but also to make the Hong Kong design culture more visible to international audiences.
At Typography Day 2012 she spoke on Typographic Culture of Hong Kong.
Speaker at ATypI 2012 in Hong Kong: Typography between Chinese complex characters and Latin letters. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Hanzigraphy. In the latter talk, she deals with the problem of the joint use of Latin and Chinese on pages. The research project Hanzi-Graphy: Typographic translation between Latin letters and Chinese characters will be published late in 2013 by a publisher in Hong Kong.
In 2014, she graduated from the MATF program at the University of Reading. Her graduation typeface was Gion, a serif typeface for multi-lingual typesetting in Latin, Japanese and Chinese. She writes: As a contemporary interpretation of Modern typefaces, Gion synthesises historical stylistic features of Modern typefaces with characteristics and qualities that enhance comfortable and continuous reading in longer text.
Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on Tanaka Ikko and the Japanese Modern Typography. A convergence of Western inspiration and Japanese aesthetics. In that presentation, she spoke about Tanaka Ikko (1930-2000), the Japanese grand master of graphic design, and emphasized his encounter with typography. [Google] [More] ⦿
Marshall Ramsey's page is dedicated to programs and information for Japanese language learning including freeware and shareware Kanji flashcards. Download Union Way's Mincho TTF, or one of the two Microsoft TTFs (Mincho, serif, or Gothic, sanserif). Lots of links as well. See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Masaaki Hiromura was born in Aichi, Japan. In 1977, Hiromura entered Tanaka Ikko Design Office and in 1988, he founded Hiromura Design Office. He has done extensive work on signage systems, CI and VI for commercial facilities and museums. Major awards obtained by him include the Mainichi Design Awards, the KU/KAN Award, the Grand Prize at the SDA Awards, the Good Design Award (Gold Prize). [Google] [More] ⦿
Masahiko Kozuka began making type in 1952. At that time, he had started working at the Mainichi newspaper, one of the leading nationwide daily newspapers in Japan, where he made hot metal text and headline typefaces. He worked at Mainichi from 1950 until his retirement in 1984. In the 1970s, in the transition from hot metal to digital type, he redesigned many fonts of Mainichi's newspaper typefaces. From 1984 to 1992, as type design director for Morisawa&Company, he supervised many type development projects such as the popular ShinGo typeface family, which is the main typeface in use in Japan today.
From 1992 to 2001, he supervised the Adobe Originals Japanese typeface development, and designed the Kozuka Mincho and Kozuka Gothic typeface families. He served as a part-time lecturer at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music from 1979 to 1997.
New York-based Japanese designer of the experimental vertical typeface Falling Script (2020), which won an award at 23TDC.
In 2021, he released MetamorBit, a pixel font for Latin and kana.
Masataka Hattori received his degree in graphic design from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in 1994. He joined Adobe the same year, and is currently a Senior Designer of Japanese Typography. Masataka was a member of the team that designed and developed the first Adobe Originals Japanese typefaces such as Kozuka Mincho and Kozuka Gothic. He also contributed to various font development projects, such as Kazuraki, the world's first fully-proportional OpenType Japanese font. He had a hand in the production of and creation of ideographs (kanjis) for the Source Han Sans fonts released in 2014 by Adobe and Google for Japanese, Chinese and Korean.
In 2017, Hattori contributed to Ten Mincho, a set of traditional Mincho-style fonts that feature a full set of Latin glyphs and several color (SVG) emojis.
In 2018, Ken Lunde and Masataka Hattori co-designed Soukou Mincho, which is free at Fontsquirrel.
Speaker at ATypI 2012 in Hong Kong, ATypI 2014 in Barcelona (on Designing a Large Multilingual Typeface)ATypI 2019 in Tokyo (on Developing a Concept CJK Variable Font Based on Source Han Sans). [Google] [More] ⦿
Masatake Ito's Graphics Gallery
Free fonts: MSTKELEGBold1, MSTKKEY, MSTKboundroundBold, MSTKboundroundlight, MSTKdeep1, MSTKextreme2, MSTKfirst2, MSTKhude1a, MSTKhude2a, MSTKkatana, MSTKmno1, MSTK Rufcut, MSTKrufrufBold. Mainly Mac fonts, TrueType and T1. Direct access. Some kana fonts. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Masayuki Yamamoto graduated in visual communication design from University of Tsukuba before he studied typography at University of Reading. He taught graphic design at the Department of Fine Arts&Music, Hyogo University of Teacher Education, and is now professor at Tama Art University. He spoke at ATypI 2005 in Helsinki on Harmony of type mixture in Japanese typography, and at ATypI 2007 in Brighton on Measuring harmony of type mixture. These statistical studies concern the Latin/Japanese type mixture focusing on four recent fonts: Heisei-Mincho W3 (1991), Hiragino-Mincho W3 (1993), Kozuka-Mincho R (1997), Yu-Mincho R (2002), and various sans (gothic) fonts for Japanese. At ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, she spoke on legibility research of Japanese typography. [Google] [More] ⦿
Matius Gerardo Grieck
British Columbia and/or Winnipeg-based computer scientist who obtained his PhD from Waterloo. Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Manitoba, in the Computational Geometry Laboratory of the Department of Computer Science. He developed these fonts:
Taiwanese developer of many free and open source CJK fonts. TAs of 2020, these include Swei Bow Sans, Swei Bow Leg, Swei Bat Sans, Swei Toothpaste, Swei 3T Sans, Swei Nut Leg, Swei Nut Sans, Swei B2 Leg (derived from Noto Serif CJK), Swei B2 Sans (derived from Noto Serif CJK), Swei Gothic Leg, Swei Rainbow Leg, Swei XD Pearl (derived from Noto Serif CJK), Swei D Lucy (derived from Noto Sans CJK), Swei Gothic (derived from Noto Sans CJK), TaiwanPearl, Swei Gothic, Swei Sans, Swei B2 Serif, Swei Meatball (derived from Noto Serif CJK), Swei Spring (derived from Noto Serif CJK), B2 Hana, Hana Meatball, Naikai (derived from Seto), Bakudai, Massa (a brush script), Fake Pearl, Yu Pearl (derived from Huninn), JasonHandWriting.
A corporate URW typeface family published in 2009. The 17-font family sells for nearly 10,000 Euros. There are sans, serif, semi-sans and semi-serif subfamilies. This family started out as a design for the Merck company. URW writes: URW++ is authorized by Merck KGaA to deliver the Merck corporate typeface family for a license fee to external users, i.e. Merck KGaA suppliers such as ad agencies, signmakers and the like. The Merck corporate typefaces are available in four different volumes with correspondingly multi lingual character encoding. All Merck Global Fonts contain approximately over 45,000 glyphs including the complete CJK glyph set (China, Japan and Korea). Besides all Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic glyphs as well as the complete CJK glyph set also cover Japanese Katakana and Hiragana plus Korean Hangual syllables. Furthermore they are supporting Thai and Arabic (including Farsi and Urdu) plus Hebrew and Vietnamese as well. [Google] [More] ⦿
Seattle-based company involved to some extent in typography. Until 2002, the fonts developed by them were free. That is no longer the case. They are major players in multilingual typeface development, type for on-screen use, and type formats such as OpenType. A listing of their typefaces:
The information below was written by Microsoft itself. The Typography Group at Microsoft is responsible for both fonts and the font rendering systems in Windows.
Since version 3.1 the primary font system built into Windows has been the TrueType system, licensed from Apple in a deal (with hindsight) remarkably beneficial to Microsoft. Working with Monotype, the Microsoft Typography Group produced fine TrueType versions of Arial, Times New Roman and Courier New, tuned to be extremely legible on the screen; these were all ready for the launch of Windows 3.1. Since then these core fonts have been developed to cover more and more of the world's languages.
In the mid-1990s under Robert Norton a program of truly new type designs was begun, using TrueType technology to render faithfully the bitmaps and outlines designed by Matthew Carter (Verdana, Georgia, Tahoma) and by in-house designer Vincent Connare (Trebuchet, Comic Sans). Until August 2002 these core fonts were offered freely over the Web, where they made an undoubtedly positive contribution in terms of legibility and font choice.
In 1996 the OpenType initiative with Adobe was announced; this is touted as "the end of the font wars", whereby advanced multilingual text layout becomes available, native rendering of PostScript fonts becomes part of Windows 2000, and unwieldy font formats are rationalized.
In 1998 the group announced ClearType. This is a very ingenious method to increase legibility on color LCD screens, individually targeting the 3 subpixels (red, green and blue) that make up each pixel. Such a leap forward in readability on these screens is a crucial element to the success of nascent eBook technology.
Simon Daniels at the Group's website keeps font fans and font developers up to date with most aspects of the digital typography scene, and communicates the technicalities of how fonts work in Windows.
Updating us about the current (October 2000) activity of the Group, Simon notes: 1999 saw several members of the group leave to join Microsoft's eBooks group. These included technical lead Greg Hitchcock, developers Beat Stamm and Paul Linerud as well as former Monotype hinters Michael Duggan and Geraldine Wade.
On August 12, 2002 Microsoft discontinued the free availability of the core fonts, noting that the downloads were being abused in terms of their end-user license agreements. Most commentators took this to mean the company objected to the fact that the fonts were being installed with Linux distributions.
Someone posted this on alt.binaries.fonts. To obtain a free Japanese TrueType font from Microsoft: (1) run Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE); (2) go to any web page; (3) change the View menu / Encoding item to Japanese; and (4) wait for several megabytes to download. Use the same procedure for Chinese or Korean. Microsoft has a web page for these downloads. Search for the keywords "Chinese", "Japanese", or "Korean" (without the quotes) on the http://office.microsoft.com/ web site. You want the "language pack" downloads. These pages often move, but recently were: Japanese (2557 KB with the "MS Gothic" font), Korean (1985 KB with the "GulimChe" font), Simplified Chinese (2561 KB with "MS Hei" and "MS Song" fonts), Traditional Chinese (3541 KB with the "MingLiU" font). [Google] [More] ⦿
The list of new fonts in Windows 7 in 2009:
Many free original pixel truetype fonts and some other fonts. Japanese site. Alternate URL. The fonts: M02_STRIDER, M05_DOKOITSU-A, M05_DOKOITSU-H, M05_DOKOITSU-K, M01_CPS, M02_STRIDER, M03_BM, M04_FATAL-FURY, M04_FATAL-FURY-BLACK, M06_QUADRA, M07_MAJOR-BROS, M08_SUPER-MAJOR-BROS, M09_ICE-CLIMBING, M10_BATTLE-CITIES, M11_BREAKING-CREW, M12_MACH-BIKER, M13_SCAD-DESTROYER, M14_DIG-DUB, M15_TURBAN-CHAMPION, M16_DIG-DUB-II, M17_FRONT-MINE, M18_CHALLENGES, M19_COCONUT-MILK, M20_SP-RANKER, M21_EXCITE-HIKE, M22_THE-TOWER-OF-DRUGER, M23_HYDRANT-SPECIAL, M24_DOUBLE-DRAG-ON, M25_F-0-RACE, M26_GOLFER, M27_SPINBALL, M28_ROUTE-160-TYPO, M29_DUCK-HOUND, M30_SHOPLIFTER, M31_MONKEY-KONG, M32_COMPLETE, M33_FLOPPY, M34_TENNESSEE, M35_CPS2, M36_L.E.D.-BIT, M37_FEEL THE BIT, M38_GORILLA, M39_SQUAREFUTURE, M40_BITLINE, M41_LOVEBIT, M42_FLIGHT 721, M43_FEEL THE BIT REMIX, M44_REVOLUTION, M45_NOISY BREAKS, M46_LOSTPET, M47_FIRE WIRE / BLACK, M48_RETROFUTURE, M49_CAPSULATION, M50_VANILLA-ICE, M51_SLEEPEN-SADNESS, M52_CHAINSAW-KISSED-THE-BIT, M53_CHAINSAW-KISSED-THE-OUT.
Free Japanese font set developed from 2003 until 2011 in the M+ IPA font project. We find the name of Itou Hiroki in some readme files. The fonts: MigMix-1M-bold, MigMix-1M-regular, MigMix-1P-bold, MigMix-1P-regular, MigMix-2M-bold, MigMix-2M-regular, MigMix-2P-bold, MigMix-2P-regular, Migu-1C-bold, Migu-1C-regular, Migu-1M-bold, Migu-1M-regular, Migu-1P-bold, Migu-1P-regular, Migu-2M-bold, Migu-2M-regular. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free full Japanese handwritten fonts: mikachan-P, mikachan-PB, mikachan-PS, mikachan. Direct download. Now also in OpenType. See also here. Latest resurrection. Old URL. Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Natsumi Kawashima (aka Mikan) is the Japanese creator of the alphading typeface Droid Robot (2011).
Mikitype is Mikihiro Yamashita, a student at Musashino Art University in Tokyo. In 2014, he created the Latin text typeface Mesut, the sans typeface Diaby, and the blackletter typeface Rukas. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Original handwriting type designer: Mikiyu-Font--OneLove- (2003), Mikiyu-Font-Alphabet (2002), Mikiyu-Font-Crayon (2004), Mikiyu-Font-Hiragana1 (2001), Mikiyu-Font--Honey-Candy-, Mikiyu-Font--PENJI--P, Mikiyu-Font-Mouhitsu, mikiyufont-crayon2. [Google] [More] ⦿
Art director at the Japanese design studio Graphite in Tokyo. He made the rounded headline typeface Yellow Cream (2010), which can be downloaded here. The counterless octagonal typeface Spokeroom (2010) is also free. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Original screen and handwriting fonts: mildfontNo3, milds-E, bit-font-#2, bit-font_J, mild-font-S, marine-font-S, mildfont1, mild_whispoer, mildfont1, mildfont2, bit-font, marine-font. [Google] [More] ⦿
Min Wang is a professor at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). He is currently serving as dean of the School of Design at CAFA and director of the Art Research Centre for the Olympic Games. He also serves as Standing Expert on Image and Identity for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Committee. He received his BA in graphic art from CAFA and an MFA from Yale University School of Art where he studied under Armin Hoffman, Paul Rand, and Bradbury Thompson. He is the design director at Square Two Design, which he joined in 1998 after serving eight years as design manager, senior art director and graphic designer at Adobe Systems. He has been a visiting fellow in Germany at Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Munich and Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin. In 1989, he began lecturing in graphic design at Yale University School of Art, teaching graduate students until 1997.
Square Two Design clients include: Adobe, IBM, Intel, Stanford University, and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Keynote speaker at ATypI 2012 in Hong Kong.
From the wikipedia: style of Japanese typeface commonly used for printed material such as books. The name Mincho literally means "Ming Dynasty". It is a printed variant of the kaisho style of calligraphy originally intended for woodblock printing. The shapes are squarish. The horizontal strokes are thin and the vertical ones thick. Strokes end with brushy fish scales (uroko). Variants of Mincho include kykashotai used for educational materials for children, and shinbuntai used for printing newspapers. [Google] [More] ⦿
Shigeru Hasegawa (Mind Kinetics) designed these free fonts: Kollong-Bold, Kollong-Regular (2002, runic), Atle-D (runic), futuu3-kana (kana pixel face), Ninepoint (pixel face), Razor-Edge-Alphabet (pixel face), Razor-Edge-Katakana, SteelArm (kana pixel face). Earlier versions of his pages were called Tabledesign and SITEUNTITLED. He also had Slantica, Enkin (techno), and Squarepuller (techno-kana) back then. [Google] [More] ⦿
Bremen, Germany-based illustrator, who was a manga artist in Japan. He used iFontMaker to create the hand-printed outline typeface Miri Serif Sketch (2011). Creator of the slabbed hand-printed typeface Hand Serif Regular (2011, iFontMaker), I Need a Girl and Hand Serif Ultra Light and Hand Serif Light. In 2012, he created Inky (iFontMaker), Lautmalerei (painted letters). [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese font maker, whose fonts can be bought at URW++: URW Heisei Gothic bold, URW Heisei Gothic heavy, URW Heisei Gothic regular, URW Heisei Mincho bold, URW Heisei Mincho heavy, URW Heisei Mincho regular. MyFonts links: URW Heisei Gothic, URW Heisei Mincho. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese designer of the quite interesting Konatu family (Konatu, Konatu Tohaba): Latin, Cyrillic, dingbats, kanji, kana, the works. Konatu seems most appropriate for setting programs and lettering architectural drawings. A later update of this is called Systema 21. [Google] [More] ⦿
Berlin-based author, lecturer, art director, communication designer and type designer with special expertise in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Hanzi, Kanji, Hanja and CJK fonts.
Susanne Zippel (b. 1967) grew up in the former German Democratic Republic. She studied design in Berlin, and lived for five years in Japan. Later she founded the design office Mittelpunkt-Zhongdian in China. For more than two decades she has been researching the history of writing and media in China, Japan, and Korea, with a special focus on sociology and linguistics. She published the first extensive foundational book on Chinese typography, Fachchinesisch Typografie, which provides a comprehensive insight into the CJK writing system and its cultural context. She is currently studying for her doctorate in Vienna, Austria. Linkedin link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Moji Waku (or: Kajiru Kawagoto, or: MJ-Work)
Hiroki Takahashi (Hiroki Chan) is the Japanese designer of the free kanji font Kiwi Maru (2020). Download sites include Github. Other fonts: Ronde, Poprumcute (a kawaii font), Kaiso (rigorous, straight-edged), Mamelon, Waptia (2018; Latin only), Pigmo, Pigmo01, Makinas (octagonal). [Google] [More] ⦿
The Mojikyo Institute is in Yokohama, Japan. Its goal is to produce free universal tools for Japanese, Chinese and Korean word processing and typesetting. Several tens of complete fonts are already finished, in all possible font formats (truetype, type 1, metafont).
Mojikyo is the newest kind of software for Chinese Character word-processing. More than 80,000 character fonts have been built in Mojikyo. So, everyone in the world can use any font of Mojikyo, free of charge. Moreover, if you want to use Chinese Character which cannot be found in Mojikyo Internet fonts, you can ask us to make new character provided that you inform us the source(s) of the character. We make them, and put them on our Home Page free of charge for public use.
Truetype fonts for Chinese and Japanese characters: The Mojikyo fonts are Japanese Shift-JIS-encoded fonts for the 48,902 Chinese characters in the Morohashi dictionary, along with tens of thousands of additional characters. Each character is assigned a six-digit Mojikyo number. The Morohashi characters are contained in fonts M101-109. Fonts M110 and above contain characters not in Morohashi. These include, for example, oracle-bone characters [M117-118], Siddham [M119-121], and Tangut [M202-203].
Mona Font (2002-2003) is a free Japanese font family for text arts, as part of a project by The Electronic Font Open Laboratory (also called efont). It is based on Shinonome&Kochi-Subst, and is in the public domain. Included are Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, kana and kanji. Historical note: the Shinonome font was originally developed by Yasuyuki Furukawa. Alternate URL where, as of 2006, the fonts are IPAMonaGothic, IPAMonaPGothic, IPAMonaUIGothic, IPAMonaMincho, IPAMonaPMincho, with copyright to IPA, or the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan. The readme file was written by Jun Kobayashi and thanks Wada Laboratory, the University of Tokyo and the Electronic Font Open Laboratory. [Google] [More] ⦿
Monotype sells fonts for the following languages: Amharic, Aksara Kaganga, Arabic, Armenian, Balinese, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Coptic, Devanagari (Hindi/Marathi/Nepali), Farsi, Georgian, Glagolitic, Gujerathi, Gurmukhi (Punjabi), Hebrew, Japanese, Javanese, Jawi, Kannada, Korean, Laotian, Lontarak, Malayalam, Old Bulgarian, Oriya, Pushto, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Surat Pustaha, Syriac, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese fonts at Monotype Imaging:
Monotype states: Traditional Asian TrueType fonts require megabytes of storage too much for most memory-restricted or low-resolution devices. Yet, storage requirements can be reduced 90 percent or more using our stroke-based fonts. For example, a standard GB 2312 Simplified Chinese TrueType font with 7,663 characters is about 2.7 MB. Our stroke font equivalent is under 250 KB. Cell phones, set-top boxes, PDAs, most other wireless devices and even operating systems benefit from stroke-based fonts. Our fully scalable stroke-based fonts consist of composite strokes or graphemes. These simple shapes appear as pen strokes or lines and are used repeatedly to build complex East Asian characters. Graphemes offer huge storage savings. The same graphemes are used to construct various characters that can add up to thousands in a single font. Another major advantage lies in the technologys simplicity: less than half the number of points are needed to render characters much less than building characters using traditional outlines where points are located on the edges of shapes rather than at the centerlines. Our stroke-based fonts support both native and Unicode encodings and are available for Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean scripts. [Google] [More] ⦿
Shigenao Uzuki (Moon's Typeface) makes and sells 29 Japanese type families. He won the Kozuka Prize at The Seventh Morisawa International Typeface Design Awards competition for 2002.
Respected Japanese foundry, based in Osaka and Tokyo, est. 1924 and incorporated in 1948. Its US office is located in San Francisco. Its president and CEO is Akihiko Morisawa. Its 270 empoyees report to executice director Takeshi Morisawa (Business Planning and Development), directors Yoshitaka Nojiri, Yasushi Yamamura, and Tsunehisa Morisawa, and executive officers Haruhiko Takeuchi, Takeshi Tamura, Atsuhito Tanimura, Hiroshi Hino, Masahiro Shibukuchi, Nobuo Tomita, and Yukihisa Morisawa. The Font Development department includes Noibuhiro Irie. Japanese pages. It has the best and most extensive PostScript kanji library.
Since 2003, many of their kanji fonts are also available in OpenType format. These include A-OTF-GothicMB101Pro-Bold, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pro-Heavy, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pro-Ultra, A-OTF-Jun201Pro-Regular, A-OTF-Jun34Pro-Medium, A-OTF-Jun501Pro-Bold, A-OTF-KyokaICAPro-Light, A-OTF-KyokaICAPro-Medium, A-OTF-KyokaICAPro-Regular, A-OTF-RyuminPro-Bold, A-OTF-RyuminPro-Heavy, A-OTF-RyuminPro-Medium, A-OTF-RyuminPro-Regular, A-OTF-RyuminPro-Ultra, A-OTF-ShinGoPro-Bold, A-OTF-ShinGoPro-Heavy, A-OTF-ShinGoPro-Light, A-OTF-ShinGoPro-Medium, A-OTF-ShinGoPro-Regular, A-OTF-ShinGoPro-Ultra, A-OTF-ShinseiKaiPro-CBSK1. The PostScript collection includes these families: Ryumin, ShinGo, FutoMinA101, MidashiMinMA31, GothicMediumBBB, ShinMaruGo, GothicMB101, MidashiGoMB31, FutoGoB101, KaishoMCBK1, ShinseiKaishoCBSK1, KyokashoICA, Kanteiryu, Folk, Takahand, Jun, MainichiShinbumGothic, MainichiShinbunMincho. The font library: Symbols, A1 Mincho, Akashi, Folk Pro, Futo Go B101 Pro, Futo Min A101 Pro, Gothic BBB Pr5, Gothic BBB Pro, Gothic MB101 Pr5, Gothic MB101 Pro, Harucraft, Haruhi Gakuen, Jomin, Jun Pro, Kaisho MCBK1, Kakumin Pro, Kanteiryu, Kocho, Kumoya, Kyoukasho ICA Pro, Likurei, MainichiNewspapersG Pro, MainichiNewspapersM Pro, Maru Folk Pro, Midashi Go MB31 Pro, Midashi Min MA31 Pro, Musashino, Nachin, Outai Kaisho, Pretty Momo, Reisho 101, Ryumin Pr5, Ryumin Pro, Sei Kaisho CB1, Shin Go Min, Shin Go Pr5, Shin Go Pr6, Shin Go Pro, Shin Maru Go Pro, Shinsei Kaisho Pro, Shuei Min Pro, TakaHand, Take Std, UD Reimin Pro.
Alternate URL. Associated firms: Morisawa Bunken Inc., MTOP Co., Ltd., LIM Co., Ltd., Morisawa USA Inc., Morisawa Taiwan Inc., Morisawa Korea Inc.. Partner companies: Adobe Systems Inc. (USA), Arphic Technology Co., Ltd. (Taiwan), Sandoll Communication Inc. (Korea), The Font Bureau, Inc. (USA), Beijing Hanyi Keyin Information Technology Co., Ltd. (China).
Akihiko Morisawa was a guest speaker at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo.
Morisawa's font collection, as of 2018:
The Morisawa Passport OpenType collection consists of these fonts: A-OTF-A1MinchoStd, A-OTF-AkashiStd, A-OTF-AntiqueStd, A-OTF-BokutohNStd, A-OTF-CapieNStd, A-OTF-FolkPro, A-OTF-FutoGoB101Pr5, A-OTF-FutoGoB101Pr6, A-OTF-FutoGoB101Pr6N, A-OTF-FutoGoB101Pro, A-OTF-FutoMinA101Pr5, A-OTF-FutoMinA101Pr6, A-OTF-FutoMinA101Pr6N, A-OTF-FutoMinA101Pro, A-OTF-GothicBBBPr5, A-OTF-GothicBBBPr6, A-OTF-GothicBBBPr6N, A-OTF-GothicBBBPro, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pr5, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pr6, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pr6N, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pro, A-OTF-HappyNStd, A-OTF-HarucraftStd, A-OTF-HaruGakuStd, A-OTF-HaseToppoStd, A-OTF-JominStd, A-OTF-Jun34Pro, A-OTF-Jun101Pro, A-OTF-Jun201Pro, A-OTF-Jun501Pro, A-OTF-KaishoMCBK1Pro, A-OTF-KakuminPro, A-OTF-KanteiryuStd, A-OTF-KochoStd, A-OTF-KumoyaStd, A-OTF-KyokaICAPro, A-OTF-LikureiStd, A-OTF-MaruFoPro, A-OTF-MidashiGoPr5, A-OTF-MidashiGoPr6, A-OTF-MidashiGoPr6N, A-OTF-MidashiGoPro, A-OTF-MidashiMinPr5, A-OTF-MidashiMinPr6, A-OTF-MidashiMinPr6N, A-OTF-MidashiMinPro, A-OTF-MNewsGPro, A-OTF-MNewsMPro, A-OTF-MusashiStd, A-OTF-MusaSoStd, A-OTF-NachinStd, A-OTF-NtodayStd, A-OTF-OutaiKaiStd, A-OTF-PreMomoStd, A-OTF-Reisho101Std, A-OTF-RyuminPr5, A-OTF-RyuminPr6, A-OTF-RyuminPr6N, A-OTF-RyuminPro, A-OTF-RyuminStd, A-OTF-SeiKaiCB1Std, A-OTF-ShinGoMin, A-OTF-ShinGoPr5, A-OTF-ShinGoPr6, A-OTF-ShinGoPr6N, A-OTF-ShinGoPro, A-OTF-ShinMGoPr6, A-OTF-ShinMGoPr6N, A-OTF-ShinMGoPro, A-OTF-ShinseiKaiPro, A-OTF-ShueiMinPr5, A-OTF-ShueiMinPro, A-OTF-ShueiShogoMStd, A-OTF-Shuuei3Std, A-OTF-Shuuei5Std, A-OTF-TakaHandStd, A-OTF-TypelaboNStd, A-OTF-UDReiminPro, A-OTF-UDShinGoNTPro, A-OTF-UDShinGoPro, A-OTF-UDShinMGoPro, A-OTF-WanpakuGNStd, A-OTF-ZenGoNStd, G-OTF-GFutoGoB101Pro, G-OTF-GGothicBBBPro, G-OTF-GHitu2jyoStdN, G-OTF-GHitujyoStdN, G-OTF-GHitujyun2Std, G-OTF-GHitujyunStd, G-OTF-GJun34Pro, G-OTF-GJun501Pro, G-OTF-GKyokaICAPro, G-OTF-GRyuminPro, G-OTF-GShinGoPro, G-OTF-GShinMGoPro, G-OTF-KAntiqueStd, G-OTF-KKyokaICAStd, G-OTF-KShinGoStd, G-OTF-KShinMGoStd, MOKigou, MOOubun, MOSuuji, U-OTF-FutoGoB101Upr, U-OTF-FutoMinA101Upr, U-OTF-GothicBBBUpr, U-OTF-GothicMB101Upr, U-OTF-MidashiGoUpr, U-OTF-MidashiMinUpr, U-OTF-MNewsGUpr, U-OTF-MNewsMJUpr, U-OTF-MNewsMUpr, U-OTF-RyuminUpr, U-OTF-ShinGoUpr, U-OTF-ShinMGoUpr. [Google] [More] ⦿
The Morisawa Passport collection of commercial Japanese typefaces: A-OTF-A1MinchoStd, A-OTF-AkashiStd, A-OTF-AntiqueStd, A-OTF-BokutohNStd, A-OTF-CapieNStd, A-OTF-FolkPro, A-OTF-FutoGoB101Pr5, A-OTF-FutoGoB101Pr6, A-OTF-FutoGoB101Pr6N, A-OTF-FutoGoB101Pro, A-OTF-FutoMinA101Pr5, A-OTF-FutoMinA101Pr6, A-OTF-FutoMinA101Pr6N, A-OTF-FutoMinA101Pro, A-OTF-GothicBBBPr5, A-OTF-GothicBBBPr6, A-OTF-GothicBBBPr6N, A-OTF-GothicBBBPro, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pr5, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pr6, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pr6N, A-OTF-GothicMB101Pro, A-OTF-HappyNStd, A-OTF-HarucraftStd, A-OTF-HaruGakuStd, A-OTF-HaseToppoStd, A-OTF-JominStd, A-OTF-Jun34Pro, A-OTF-Jun101Pro, A-OTF-Jun201Pro, A-OTF-Jun501Pro, A-OTF-KaishoMCBK1Pro, A-OTF-KakuminPro, A-OTF-KanteiryuStd, A-OTF-KochoStd, A-OTF-KumoyaStd, A-OTF-KyokaICAPro, A-OTF-LikureiStd, A-OTF-MaruFoPro, A-OTF-MidashiGoPr5, A-OTF-MidashiGoPr6, A-OTF-MidashiGoPr6N, A-OTF-MidashiGoPro, A-OTF-MidashiMinPr5, A-OTF-MidashiMinPr6, A-OTF-MidashiMinPr6N, A-OTF-MidashiMinPro, A-OTF-MNewsGPro, A-OTF-MNewsMPro, A-OTF-MusashiStd, A-OTF-MusaSoStd, A-OTF-NachinStd, A-OTF-NtodayStd, A-OTF-OutaiKaiStd, A-OTF-PreMomoStd, A-OTF-Reisho101Std, A-OTF-RyuminPr5, A-OTF-RyuminPr6, A-OTF-RyuminPr6N, A-OTF-RyuminPro, A-OTF-RyuminStd, A-OTF-SeiKaiCB1Std, A-OTF-ShinGoMin, A-OTF-ShinGoPr5, A-OTF-ShinGoPr6, A-OTF-ShinGoPr6N, A-OTF-ShinGoPro, A-OTF-ShinMGoPr6, A-OTF-ShinMGoPr6N, A-OTF-ShinMGoPro, A-OTF-ShinseiKaiPro, A-OTF-ShueiMinPr5, A-OTF-ShueiMinPro, A-OTF-ShueiShogoMStd, A-OTF-Shuuei3Std, A-OTF-Shuuei5Std, A-OTF-TakaHandStd, A-OTF-TypelaboNStd, A-OTF-UDReiminPro, A-OTF-UDShinGoNTPro, A-OTF-UDShinGoPro, A-OTF-UDShinMGoPro, A-OTF-WanpakuGNStd, A-OTF-ZenGoNStd, G-OTF-GFutoGoB101Pro, G-OTF-GGothicBBBPro, G-OTF-GHitu2jyoStdN, G-OTF-GHitujyoStdN, G-OTF-GHitujyun2Std, G-OTF-GHitujyunStd, G-OTF-GJun34Pro, G-OTF-GJun501Pro, G-OTF-GKyokaICAPro, G-OTF-GRyuminPro, G-OTF-GShinGoPro, G-OTF-GShinMGoPro, G-OTF-KAntiqueStd, G-OTF-KKyokaICAStd, G-OTF-KShinGoStd, G-OTF-KShinMGoStd, MOKigou, MOOubun, MOSuuji, U-OTF-FutoGoB101Upr, U-OTF-FutoMinA101Upr, U-OTF-GothicBBBUpr, U-OTF-GothicMB101Upr, U-OTF-MidashiGoUpr, U-OTF-MidashiMinUpr, U-OTF-MNewsGUpr, U-OTF-MNewsMJUpr, U-OTF-MNewsMUpr, U-OTF-RyuminUpr, U-OTF-ShinGoUpr, U-OTF-ShinMGoUpr. [Google] [More] ⦿
Results of this biannual award, announced in October 2012:
Font Bureau and Morosawa Bunken Inc partnered to organize the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2014. Font Bureau's Cyrus Highsmith judged in the Latin category, along with Fred Smeijers, Sara Soskolne, and Matthew Carter. In the Kanji category, the judges were Osamu Torinoumi, Yasuhito Nagahara, Kenya Hara, Taro Yamamoto, and Masahiko Kozuka.
Biannual type design competition held in Japan, first started in 1984. The jury for Latin typefaces consisted of Matthew Carter, Cyrus Highsmith, Sara Soskolne, and Fred Smeijers. The kanji competition was judged by Kenya Hara, Yasuhito Nagahara, Osamu Torinoumi and Taro Yamamoto. A total of 205 kanji fonts and 534 Latin fonts were submitted. In many Morisawa competitions, the Latin category winners are relatively unknown, and a lot of attention is given to daring, even revolutionary, designs. Other type competitions are often weighed down by commercial interests, but Morisawa is a jewel. Here are the results:
International type competition organized by Morisawa for Japanese and Latin typefaces. First prize is worth about 10,000 dollars. The judges in 2019: Osamu Torinoumi, Ryoko Nishizuka, Masaaki Hiromura, Issei Kitagawa, Cyrus Highsmith, Ilya Ruderman, Indra Kupferschmid, Laura Meseguer, Matthew Carter. The winners:
Japanese designers of these Latin fonts: NAPOLI, NORI WRITING, HAGIA SOFIA, ANTICO DUE, USCITA, ANTICO, JASPER, MICHEL, FUTURA JET, HOTEL FORTE, TASTO, WASAVI, BARILE, SBARRA, GNOLOLO. [Google] [More] ⦿
Also called the Gutenberg of Japan, Motoki Shozo (1824-1875) was a Dutch interpreter at the Nagasaki magistrate's office. He ordered a Stanhope hand press from Holland, which would be the first movable type press in Japan. He had to learn to make Japanese type, and finally set up the Kiyo Shinjuku Type Foundry. Near the end of his life, Shozo stepped down, leaving the business in the hands of a trusted pupil, Hirano Tomiji (1846-92). In 1872, Tomiji attempted to revive the company by moving it to Tokyo -- Japan's new capital and the most modern city in the country. Tomiji first set up shop in the Kanda district, then moved the factory to Tsukiji, eventually renaming his company the Tokyo Tsukiji Type Foundry. [Google] [More] ⦿
A list of original commercial fonts: Motoya Fudemoji, Motoya Sousyoku, Motoya Seikai, Motoya Sinkai, Motoya Aporo, Motoya Kyotai, Nud Motoya Mincho, Motoya Maru Aporo, Motoya Stencil Aporo, Motoya Cedar, Motoya Gothic, Motoya Mincho, Motoya Maru, Motoya Birch, Motoya Gyosyo, Motoya Okai, Motoya Reisyo, Mty Kj Gaku, Mty Kj Kyotai, Nud Motoya Aporo, Nud Motoya Cedar, Nud Motoya Maru, S Motoya Seikai, S Motoya Sinkai.
Typefaces from 2021: Motoya Anemone.
M's Studio Inc
Masanobu Narusawa's site. Commercial hiragana and katakana fonts, such as the Anito family of kanji fonts made jointly by Yutaka Sato and Masanobu Narusawa between 1992 and 1996: IPSio, Ridoc, Marui Circle DB, Marui Normal, Ricoh Condensed, Taigaa, Lion, Momo50. He also published some Japanese typefaces at FONT1000. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of the Japanese font families Sawarabi (2016: Gothic and Mincho) and Togoshi (2007-2008: Togoshi Gothic, Togoshi Mincho, Togoshi Mono and Togoshi Mona Gothic).
They write: Sawarabi Mincho is carefully designed for high legibility. It works well in small text sizes. It already has many hiragana, katakana, ruled lines, and so on, but it does not yet have enough kanji glyphs. Google Font links: Sawarabi Gothic, Sawarabi Mincho. [Google] [More] ⦿
Muneo Amano's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion: the Nohofont family (1998) includes Cat's White, Cat's Black (cats take the shape of letters), Crayon (alphabet, katakana, hiragana), Rakugaki (child's dingbats), Usamoji. [Google] [More] ⦿
Commercial Japanese typefoundry. Their typefaces include:
Mutsumi Styling Research
Nan Sakurai (N+ Download) designed the dingbat fonts Evilz (2003, dingbats of evil characters), Efon (1999), Kfon (1999), and Efoodde (2001).
Nagakura Font Collection
Sakae Nagakura's fonts are sold through Font Pavilion. Check NumberMM, Dripping MM and Mugnitude MM. Home page. Many Japanese fonts such as Suuji, MMkatakana, MMhiragana. Font Pavilion showing. See also here. Other fonts: the medieval handwriting fonts Jupiter (1995-1999) and Jupwash (1995-2002), and the scary typefaces Drippin0 (1998) and Dripping 1000 (1998). [Google] [More] ⦿
"A Method to Generate Writing-Brush-Style Japanese Hiragana Character Calligraphy" is an interesting project by Junji Mano (Nagoya Institute of Technology), Lifeng He (Aichi Prefectural University), Tsuyoshi Nakamura, Hiroshi Enowaki, Atsuko Mutoh and Hidenori Itoh (Nagoya Institute of Technology) for generating writing-brush-style Hiragana calligraphy using an electronic pen. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese type designer (b. 1942) whose fonts include Naru L, Naru D, Gona U, Naka Free L, Fan Ran B, Namin, Nakago Share, Nakaminda B, Hyper Square U, Naka Line L, Kadoma R, Tyokumin-U, and Nakamura Kakugo Chofuto. According to Ryota Doi, a seismic shift occurred in Japanese type design in the 1970s. The legendary designer Yukihiro Nakamura is responsible for this change, which can almost be thought of as a paradigm shift. He created a rounded sans serif called Na-ru in 1973 and a sans serif called Go-na in 1975. [...] First, they were nothing like any existing designs. Second, by creating these epoch-defining new typefaces, the role of type designer was firmly established in Japan for the first time, ushering in a new era for type designers. [Google] [More] ⦿
Extinct digital type foundry that had commercial fonts by Todd Masui, Stefan Hattenbach, Claudio Rodil, Brian Einarsen and Matthew Bardram. Their blurb: "Nakedface is a co-operative type alliance made up of creative young designers from all over the world. We offer truly unique and expressive typefaces that are handcrafted with precision and oftentimes love. Our fonts contain full character sets, including foreign accents for that discerning European. Each font is available in both Macintosh and PC format." Free font: Teknikohl.
Commercial fonts: from Matthew Collins, Octoplzogg; from Brian Einarsen, Myopic; from Claudio Rodil, Franzen; from Matthew Bardram, Dhex Serif, Arachnid, Atomic, Bitpak, Bromide, Bilinear, Centrifuge, Genetica, Economy Large, Badfish Plain (katakana), Centrifuge Katakana, Empiric; from Stefan Hattenbach, Global; from Fontwhore, KlaxonHeavy; from Todd Masui, Quiver, Steadfast, Vestige, Alloy. Pixel fonts in the lists above: Genetica, Quanta, Cellular, Remote, Arachnid, Megalon, Wired, Bylinear, Methodic, Microscopic, Atomic, Genetrix, Noir Braille, Scriptometer, Monocule. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Takamatsu, Kagawa-ken, Japan, in 1984, Natsuko is a Canadian-educated graphic designer who publishes most of her typefaces at Okaycat.
She created the high school handwriting fonts Geisha Holiday (2008) and Exchange Student (2008, Okaycat), and the dingbat fonts Little Japan (2008, exquisite Japanese dingbats) and Trees of Africa (2008, Okaycat). Hand Cursive and Stitch Cursive (2009) are upright connected scripts. Ribbon Cursive (2009) was developed from Mercator's Italic Hand. 3D Blocky (2009) is a hand-drawn 3-D font done with Luke William Turvey at Okaycat. Art of Japanese Calligraphy (2009, Okaycat) is a kanji font with calligraphic glyphs developed in cooperation with calligrapher Shigeru Nomura. With Luke William Turvey, she did Rustic Stamp (2009, grungy).
List of fonts as of the end of 2009: 3D Blocky, Art Of Japanese Calligraphy, Brush Writing OC, Courier Coco, Exchange Student, Geisha Holiday, Grunge Decay, Hand Cursive, Hand Writing OC, Japanese Brush Master, Japoneh, Little Japan (2008, dingbats), Porto, Ribbon Cursive, Rustic Stamp, Stitch Cursive, Trees Of Africa.
Fonts made in 2010: Flower Sketch (dingbats; see Flower Sketch Neue in 2014), The Inlines, The Inlines No Inlines, Kanji OC (a Latin font with a brushed Kanji character in place of each letter), Super Hand, Country Charm (dingbats), Rocktopus, Asian Scroll (kanji face).
Fonts from 2011: Okay Marker, Script Love (connected script), Muju (Asian brush script), Joopica (a grungy casual typeface done with Luke William Turvey), Okay Berry (connected script), Orchids (flower dingbats), Seashells (dingbats), Sumi (2011, a beautifully raw brush face), Mushrooms (2011), Azsitra (2011, handwriting), Right Hand (2011).
Fonts made in 2012: Ferns (dingbats), Arco Web (hand-printed, with Luke William Turvey), Oracle Bone (based on ancient Chinese glyphs), Arco Dot (think "Dalmatian"), Azola (hand-lettered caps), Azsion (a sketch font), Flowertype (a pair of floriated typefaces), Azoe (hand-drawn all caps poster face), Christmas Cards (greetings and ornaments).
Fonts from 2013: Swallowtail Butterflies, Flows, Flows Stencil, Komela (a curvy thin poster font), Arco Star (done with Luke William Turvey), Star Cursive, Cosmos Cursive, 3D Cocoro, Cocoro (a sketched handlettered display typeface done with Luke William Turvey), Anika (curly, scratchy hand-printed typeface), Birds (hairline drawings of birds), Azebra (textured script), 3D Cursive.
Typefaces from 2014: Macchiato, Maple Lane Cursive, Forest Cursive (connected script), Azola (an elegant connected letter cursive script), Cat Talk (outlined font), Maple Lane, Maple Street (with Luke William Turvey), Shaqa (inline), Hiew (ball terminal-laden display typeface).
Typefaces from 2017: Easy Hand.
A design student in Kamakura, Japan, b. 1994, who created the free Latin octagonal typeface family Brownie in 2014.
Nemury (was: Tsuyatsuya Nemury)
Nendo graphixxx is a Japanese graphics outfit set up by Kazuo Anazawa, Tsuyoshi Kusano and Kentaro Fujimoto. Tsuyoshi Kusano is the designer of the commercial fonts Ariake (kata), Parking (1998), sold at Font Pavilion. Kentaro Fujimoto designed Electronica-Akihabara, Electronica-Manseibashi, Electronica-Sotokanda, all sales-type katakana; and Urban Children (romaji, hira, kata). Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free truetype fonts for Greek (Thryomanes by Herman Miller, 2002), Chinese (AR PL SungtiL GB by Arphic Design, 1999), Japanese (Kochi Gothic by Wadalab), Tamil (TSCu_Comic by Thukaram Gopalrao, 1999), Hebrew (Nachlieli Light by Maxim Iorsh, 2002) and Korean (Baekmuk Gulim by Hwan Design, 2000). [Google] [More] ⦿
Nice To Type (was: Übertype)
Übertype, later renamed Nice To Type, is an independent type foundry based in Stuttgart, Germany and Japan. Established by Gabriel Richter and Andreas Uebele in 2017, Übertype designs and publishes high-quality typefaces for text and display with the focus on exceptional design and rigorous technical precision. Programming by Petr Pscolka, Opentype support by Alphabet Type, and font production by Christoph Koeberlin. Typefaces:
Andreas Uebele (b. 1960) studied architecture and urban planning at the University of Stuttgart, and art at the Stuttgart State Academy of art and design. In 1996, he founded his own visual communications agency in Stuttgart, and since 1998 has been a professor for communications design at Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. [Google] [More] ⦿
Nicolas Noh is the Korean codesigner, with Doo-yul Kwak, of the Latin/Hangul script font Nanum Brush Script (2010, NHN Corporation), which is an Apple system font. In 2011, with Bruce Kwon and Sung-woo Choi, he co-designed the Apple system font Nanum Gothic (a sans for Latin, Chinese, Japanese and Hangul, NHN Corporation).
A free handwritten kanji font, dated 2006: KanjiStrokeOrders. Plus another free kanji font, Choumei (2008). Inside the KSO font, we learn that Ulrich Apel was the motor behind the font and the project. Tim Eyre turned the SVG data into a font. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese type foundry. Its typefaces as of 2018 include:
In their Global Type collection, URW++ has its Helvetica clone, Nimbus Sans (2005, 5 fonts, 2000 Euros) and Nimbus Roman (2005, 2 fonts, 2000 Euros). The former is based on Helvetica, the latter on Times New Roman. Meant as workhorses, these fonts cover Turkish, Baltic, Romanian, Cyrillic, Greek, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Hebrew. Of course, Nimbus Sans can be had for free at Open Font Library.
The first versions of Nimbus Sans were digitized in the 1980s for the URW Signus sign-making system. The highest precision of all characters (1/100 mm accuracy) were required because the fonts were to be cut in any size in vinyl or other material used for sign-making. During this period three size ranges were created for text (T), display (D) and poster (P). In addition, URW produced the L-version that was compatible with Adobe's PostScript version of Helvetica. Nimbus was also the product name of a URW-proprietary renderer for high quality and fast rasterization of outline fonts. Also in the 1980s, a new improved and expanded version of the Nimbus Sans, Nimbus Sans Novus, was developed with URW's Ikarus system. Nimbus Sans Novus was modified for Nimbus Sans Round in 2015. Nimbus Sans Devanagari was redesigned in 2016. Nimbus Roman Japanese was refurbished in 2014 by URW.
In 1995, Nobi Kashiwagi moved to Brooklyn, New York City, from Japan to study photography at Parsons School of Design where she graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Art. Nobi has been working at the acclaimed fashion-advertising agency AR New York, she has worked on many different projects across advertising, branding and design. His experience at AR includes editorial design of Influences Magazine which received a Typographic Excellence at TDC and Distinctive Design merit at ADC. Nobi also holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. His design studio, Endash Space, is based in Brooklyn.
He designs mostly commissioned typefaces, such as a rounded sans typeface for Art Asia Pacfic Magazine (2013), Didot Sans (2017), and Carl Fischer Font (2016). In 2014, she designed a lowercase for Trajan. In 2017, she tweaked Avant Garde and called it Avant Garde Grotesque. In 2018, he published the text typeface family Wintour, and in 2019 the text typefaces Saggio and France. [Google] [More] ⦿
Nobufont (was: Honey and Death)
Honey and Death offers free fonts designed by Mitsutoshi Nobusawa: The list: BlackoronAlp (2003), BlackoronKat, BlindfaithB (2003, experimental), BlindfaithBO, BlindfaithL, BlindfaithLO, BlindfaithO, BlindfaithR, BlindfaithRB, BlindfaithRBO, BlindfaithRL, BlindfaithRLO, BlindfaithRO, BlindfaithRR, ConnectlinePlains (2003, upright connected script), ConnectlineRail, ConnectlineSta, Constellation (2003, a planar graph), CooberBlackKat (2004, named after Cooper Black), CooberBlackOblKat, Dotline (2007, dotted line face), DotlineBold, DotlineHeavy, DotlineKat, DotlineLight, Dotline Slim (2017), FatfontInline (2004, psychedelic), FatfontOutline, FatfontSolid, GalaxyfaceAno (2003, experimental), GalaxyfaceHirAno, GalaxyfaceHirReg, GalaxyfaceKatAno, GalaxyfaceKatReg, GalaxyfaceReg, Griffinize (2003), HoneycombOut (hexagonal), HoneycombReg (2004), HoneycombSol, Ironbeadsfont (2005), Judaslike (2006), JudaslikeBegin, JudaslikeEnd, Keymaps (2004, a dot font), KnitfontA (2005), KnitfontB, LayerfaceOutline (2003, comic book style), LayerfaceSolid, LayerfaceUnion, Lightningvolt (2005), Lovedrops (2004), MakestencilAlp (2004), MechamaruAlp (2006), MechamaruKat, Paddleface (2003, Western), RyusenHir (2003), RyusenKat, Saigi, SeizaHir (2003), SeizaKat, Skateandfont (2003), Spacy (2003, letters made of bubbles), Sparkling (2003, another planar graph), Strongcil (2003, octagonal stencil), TansanHir (2003), TansanKat, TapefontAlp (2004), TapefontAlt, TapefontKat, Westerner (2006, Western face), Zigzag (2003). Direct download of the type 1 fonts and the truetype fonts. Fontspace link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Nontynet is the outlet of Japanese designers Norio Kanisawa, Nozomi Matsuki who were based in Kanagawa and are now Shizuoka, Japan. Designers of the curly hand-printed script typeface KNSW October (2016), the Japanese scrapbook typeface Honobono Pop (2016) and the kana typefaces Yancha Pop (2016, in kawaii style) and Marshmallow Pop Heart (2016). In 2017, Nonty Net published Amechan Pop Maru, and in 2018 the kana fonts Omekashi, Jumpyon Maru, Chibisuke, Love Mincyou and Otome Mincyou.
In 2020, they released Hachi Maru Pop at Google Fonts. HachiMaruPop is a hand-drawn kawaii-style font that was popular among Japanese girls in the 1970s and 1980s. It is a full Latin and kanji font.
Font technician. Graduate of the TDi program at the University of Reading, UK, 2017. In 2018, he launched the very interesting Niji script project: Niji is a proposed new script for writing Japanese. It is his attempt at applying the ideas underlying the Korean Hangeul script (bringing syllables together in blocks) to the Japanese language. Like hiragana and katakana, Niji is a phonemic script [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese designer, b. 1984, Kyushu, who is based in Shizuoka. She specializes in rounded cute pop fonts, a genre one could call the kawaii style, for Latin, kana and kanji.
Designer of the rounded Japanese pop culture font Marshmallow Pop (2016, Latin and kana), Marsh Mallow Pop Heart (2018), Ame Chan Pop Maru (2018), Yancha Pop (2018), Otome Mincyou (2018), Hachi Maru Pop (2018), 8 bit Darling (2018), Omekashi Emoji (2018), Omekashi Font Pro (2018). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
A large free font family released under the Apache license at Google Web Fonts, and developed by Monotype's Steve Matteson and a team of type designers. Designed between 2012 and 2016, this typeface covers over 800 languages and 100 writing scripts. URL with details. Noto stands for no tofu, i.e., no white boxes that represent unknown characters. The fonts are property of Monotype, with the exception of Noto Khmer and Noto Lao, which belong to Danh Hong.
Noto Sans and Noto Serif cover Afar, Abkhazian, Afrikaans, Asturian, Avaric, Aymara, Azerbaijani-AZERBAIJAN, Bashkir, Bambara, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Bislama, Bini, Breton, Bosnian, Buriat, Catalan, Chechen, Chamorro, Mari (Russia), Corsican, Czech, Church Slavic, Chuvash, Welsh, Danish, German, Modern Greek (1453-), English, Esperanto, Spanish, Estonian, Basque, Finnish, Fijian, Faroese, French, Fulah, Friulian, Western Frisian, Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Galician, Guarani, Manx, Hausa, Hawaiian, Hiri Motu, Croatian, Hungarian, Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association), Igbo, Indonesian, Interlingue, Inupiaq, Ido, Icelandic, Italian, Kara-Kalpak, Kikuyu, Kazakh, Kalaallisut, Kurdish-ARMENIA, Kumyk, Komi, Cornish, Kirghiz, Latin, Luxembourgish, Lezghian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Latvian, Malagasy, Marshallese, Maori, Macedonian, mo, Maltese, Norwegian Bokmål, Low German, Dutch, Norwegian Nynorsk, Norwegian, South Ndebele, Pedi, Nyanja, Occitan (post 1500), Oromo, Ossetian, Polish, Portuguese, Romansh, Romanian, Russian, Yakut, Scots, Northern Sami, Selkup, sh, Shuswap, Slovak, Slovenian, Samoan, Southern Sami, Lule Sami, Inari Sami, Skolt Sami, Somali, Albanian, Serbian, Swati, Southern Sotho, Swedish, Swahili (macrolanguage), Tajik, Turkmen, Tagalog, Tswana, Tonga (Tonga Islands), Turkish, Tsonga, Tatar, Twi, Tuvinian, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Venda, Vietnamese, Volapük, Votic, Walloon, wen, Wolof, Xhosa, Yapese, Yoruba, Zulu, Akan, Aragonese, ber-dz, Crimean Tatar, Kashubian, Ewe, Fanti, Filipino, Upper Sorbian, Haitian, Herero, Javanese, Kabyle, Kuanyama, Kanuri, Kurdish-TURKEY, Kwambi, Ganda, Limburgan, Mongolian-MONGOLIA, Malay (macrolanguage), Nauru, Ndonga, Navajo, pap-an, Papiamento-ARUBA, Quechua, Rundi, Kinyarwanda, Sardinian, Sango, Shona, Sundanese, Tahitian, Zhuang.
Non-Latin scrips include Noto Armenian, Noto Georgian, Noto Carian, Noto Greek, Noto Devanagari, Noto Ethiopic, Noto Glagolitic, Noto Hebrew, Noto Sans Imperial Aramaic, Noto Sans Lisu, Noto Sans Lycian, Noto Sans Lydian, Noto Sans Old South Arabian, Noto Sans Osmanya, Noto Sans Phoenician, Noto Sans Shavian, Noto Sans Tamil, Noto Sans Thai, Noto Serif Thai, Noto Sans Kannada, Noto Sana Telugu, Noto Sans Malayalam, Noto Sans Cherokee, Noto Sans Orya (for Odia), Noto Sans Bengali.
At CTAN, one can find Noto with full TeX support.
At Open Font Library, one can download Noto Nastaliq Urdu (2014), which covers Arabic, Farsi, Pashto and Urdu.
The fonts, as of October 2016: Noto Sans, Noto Serif, Noto Color Emoji, Noto Emoji, Noto Kufi Arabic, Noto Mono, Noto Naskh Arabic, Noto Nastaliq Urdu, Noto Sans Armenian, Noto Sans Avestan, Noto Sans Balinese, Noto Sans Bamum, Noto Sans Batak, Noto Sans Bengali, Noto Sans Brahmi, Noto Sans Buginese, Noto Sans Buhid, Noto Sans CJK JP, Noto Sans CJK KR, Noto Sans CJK SC, Noto Sans CJK TC, Noto Sans Canadian Aboriginal, Noto Sans Carian, Noto Sans Cham, Noto Sans Cherokee, Noto Sans Coptic, Noto Sans Cuneiform, Noto Sans Cypriot, Noto Sans Deseret, Noto Sans Devanagari, Noto Sans Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Noto Sans Ethiopic, Noto Sans Georgian, Noto Sans Glagolitic, Noto Sans Gothic, Noto Sans Gujarati, Noto Sans Gurmukhi, Noto Sans Hanunoo, Noto Sans Hebrew, Noto Sans HK, Noto Sans Imperial Aramaic, Noto Sans Inscriptional Pahlavi, Noto Sans Inscriptional Parthian, Noto Sans Javanese, Noto Sans Kaithi, Noto Sans Kannada, Noto Sans Kayah Li, Noto Sans Kharoshthi, Noto Sans Khmer, Noto Sans Lao, Noto Sans Lepcha, Noto Sans Limbu, Noto Sans Linear B, Noto Sans Lisu, Noto Sans Lycian, Noto Sans Lydian, Noto Sans Malayalam, Noto Sans Mandaic, Noto Sans Meetei Mayek, Noto Sans Mongolian, Noto Sans Myanmar, Noto Sans NKo, Noto Sans New Tai Lue, Noto Sans Ogham, Noto Sans Ol Chiki, Noto Sans Old Italic, Noto Sans Old Persian, Noto Sans Old South Arabian, Noto Sans Old Turkic, Noto Sans Oriya, Noto Sans Osmanya, Noto Sans Phags Pa, Noto Sans Phoenician, Noto Sans Rejang, Noto Sans Runic, Noto Sans Samaritan, Noto Sans Saurashtra, Noto Sans Shavian, Noto Sans Sinhala, Noto Sans Sundanese, Noto Sans Syloti Nagri, Noto Sans Symbols, Noto Sans Syriac Eastern, Noto Sans Syriac Estrangela, Noto Sans Syriac Western, Noto Sans Tagalog, Noto Sans Tagbanwa, Noto Sans Tai Le, Noto Sans Tai Tham, Noto Sans Tai Viet, Noto Sans Tamil, Noto Sans Telugu, Noto Sans Thaana, Noto Sans Thai, Noto Sans Tibetan, Noto Sans Tifinagh, Noto Sans Ugaritic, Noto Sans Vai, Noto Sans Yi, Noto Serif Armenian, Noto Serif Bengali, Noto Serif Devanagari, Noto Serif Georgian, Noto Serif Gujarati, Noto Serif Kannada, Noto Serif Khmer, Noto Serif Lao, Noto Serif Malayalam, Noto Serif Tamil, Noto Serif Telugu, Noto Serif Thai. Late additions include Noto Sans and Serif for Chinese, Japanese and Korean, developed at Adobe.
In 2015, Adam Twardoch placed the Noto fonts on Github under the name Toto Fonts. A question of licenses.
Noto Sans CJK and Noto Serif CJK are free typeface families developed at Adobe and Google to complement the universal Noto font package between 2014 and 2017. CTAN link. Credits :
Dedicated Google fonts sites include Noto Serif SC (for Simplified Chinese; it covers all the Chinese characters listed in China's (Tongyong Guifan Hanzibiao) along with the ASCII, additional Latin letters for Pinyin, punctuation marks and full-width characters used in Chinese), Noto Sans SC, Noto Serif TC (for traditional Chinese), Noto Sans TC, Noto Serif JP and Noto Serif KR. Noto Serif KR has been subsetted to cover the full repertoire of modern Hangul syllables (11,172) and most of symbols in KS X 1001. It also has the full support for Old Hangul with Unicode Hangul Conjoining Jamos and Opentype features. It does not have any Hanjas (Chinese characters) and Greek/Cyrillic letters. Noto Serif JP has been subsetted to all of the kanji in JIS X 0208, JIS X 0213, and JIS X 0212, including all kanji in Adobe-Japan1-6.
Ohminato Masashi Design
Japanese foundry with free Mac fonts by Ohminato Masashi such as CoffeShop, Union, Harp, Stripe, Type Chair, Sasanoha (kana font), BlackOrWhite, Hanco, Hanko H, Ink, Young Leaves, and SteelFrame. See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ohminato.jp (was: Ohminato Kazuaki Design, or OK's Design)
Kazuaki Ohminato designed commercial commercial fonts: Chocolate Cream, Metallic Element, Magnet, Conect, Common, Common katakana, Common hiragana, Common Slide, Twist, Common Dot, Framework, Music, Moment (architecural letters), Soft Font, Kitchen Room (at the basis of the awful Uniqlo sans face, as well as double and triple-lined versions), Visual Sensation, Soft Font Sun, Structure (an octagonal family), New Twist, Crystal, Common Flash, Sensibility. Ohminato Kazuaki's fonts were also sold through Font Pavilion: Metallic is a mathematical graph font with roman, katakana and hiragana versions. Common is free. So is RogoFont (1999, dingbats). In Font Pavilion 12 (2000): ChocolateCream, Conect-Regular, Twist-Regular. [Google] [More] ⦿
Takamatsu, Japan-based design division of The LOLO, a content creation company, which was established in 2006. Luke William Turvey (b. London, Ontario, 1978) who lives in Japan started out with street murals but is doing digital work now. His early fonts include Giacinta Ornate (2008, a lovely bastarda), Parabrite (2008, techno), Stefani EHYO Sans Rounded (2008, a clean geometric sans), Antikka (2008, art deco), Calisso (2008, experimental), LOLO Dingcats (2008), Clementine (2008: artsy serif), Okaytext (2008, a fashionable geometric sans in the style of Bernhard Fashion), Okay Cursive (2008, an upright connected script), Okay Crayon (2008), Okay Paint (2008), Japanese Brush Master (2008), Tag Banger (2008, graffiti font), Bapalopa (2008, more graffiti), Hive Mind (2008, nuts and bolts look), Trees of Africa (2008, dings), 3D Fantablock Beveled (2008), Shababa (2008, shadow font), LOLO Animals (2008), LOLO City (2008, inner city dingbat face), LOLO Cursive (2008, curly handwriting), Japoneh (2008, a great oriental-look drippy paintbrush font).
In 2009, Okaycat published Arco Crayon (blackboard writing, but also a lipstick font), 3D Blocky (with Natsuko Hayashida), Carbon Neutral, Hand Writing OC, Okay Cotton, Hand Cursive, Stitch Cursive, Antique Dubplate, Porto (rough calligraphic), Brush Writing OC, Nouveau Rock (engraved), Shababa, 3D Techno, Stefani EHYO (4-style geocratic sans), Japanese calligraphy poster. With Natsuko Hayashida, he did Rustic Stamp (grungy).
Fonts from 2010: Uncertainty (grunge), CASU Aerospatiale (an etched 3d font family), Geodot (a dot matrix face), Zampichi (a video game font family), Country Charm (Natsuko Hayashida: a dingbat face), The Inlines No Inlines (Natsuko Hayashida: a black rounded minimalist sans), CC Angular (Turvey: an octagonal typeface that comes with an outlined and shaded style), Pentastic (hand-printed), Candy Cursive (a monoline connected script).
Typefaces made in 2011: Okay-A (this font lets one make 3D letters that look to be fastened down with screws), Teselka (a 3d outlined shadow face), Joopica (a casual typeface created together with Natsuko Hayashida).
Typefaces made in 2012: Meksa (techno).
In 2013, he created Pixapp Inter (a pixel face).
Omega Type Foundry
Toshi Omagari is a Japanese type designer who grew up in Fukuoka and studied typography and type design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo. After graduating in 2008, Toshi taught graphic design in Fukuoka. He joined the University of Reading in the summer of 2010 and graduated in 2011. He is a type designer at Monotype.
His graduation typeface Marco (<2011), which is named after Marco Polo, covers Latin, Mongolian, Greek, and Cyrillic, and has sans and serif versions. Inspiration for Marco goes back to Italian humanist typography such as those of Nicholas Jenson or Aldus Manutius, and general influences from calligraphy. Marco is a true superfamily, with wide utility and superb legibility---not surprisingly, it won an award at Modern Cyrillic 2014. The text styles were professionally produced in 2015 by Type Together in 2015---each style has over 1900 glyphs.
His chancery hand typeface Tangerine (2010) is part of the Google font directory (for free web fonts).
Typefaces from 2014: Neue Haas Unica and Neue Haas Unica Pan European. A digital update of the Helvetica alternative Haas Unica, which was originally released in 1980 by the Haas Type Foundry for phototypesetting.
In 2015, he made Cowhand (Monotype: a Western typeface). All words typed in Cowhand are of equal width, whether they contain one character or twenty (the maximum the font allows).
For Monotype, he made the custom typeface Quentin Blake (2016) that emulates the irregular handwriting of Sir Quentin Blake, acclaimed illustrator of Roald Dahl's novels.
In 2017, Toshi Omagari designed the Wolpe Collection for Monotype, all based on Berthold Wolpe's distinctive typefaces: Wolpe Pegasus, Wolpe Tempest, Wolpe Fanfare, Sachsenwald (blackletter: a revival of Berthold Wolpe's Sachsenwald from 1936), Albertus Nova.
In 2018, Linda Hintz and Toshi Omagari published the large geometric sans typeface family Neue Plak that revives and extends Paul Renner's Plak (1928).
Nadine Chahine and Toshi Omagari collaborated with Akira Kobayashi and Monotype Studio on Avenir Next Arabic (2021).
At his own foundry, Omega Type, he released these typefaces in 2021: Klaket (a bold and monolinear Arabic display typeface that was inspired by classic Egyptian film posters in a free form Ruqah style), Platia (a modern revival of the 19th century font Hellenic Wide).
At ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik, he spoke about Mongolian scripts. At ATypI 2015 in Sao Paulo, he revealed his research on the Siddham (post-Brahmian). Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on BubbleKern (a new kerning algorithm). Speaker at ATypI 2017 Montreal on Sini: Arabic calligraphic styles from the Far East.
One Fonty Day
Motoki Higa (One Fonty Day) is the Sydney, Australia, and/or Saitama, Japan-based designer (b. Japan) of these commercial typefaces: Banister (2015, a vintage typeface family), Hammock (2015, handwriting), Champloo (2015), Chimphand, Kinoko (2014), Tucked In (2013), Cliche (2014). These fonts have free versions for personal use. In 2014, he published Wacca. In 2016, he published the handcrafted typeface Lid.
Free fonts by the Information-technology Promotion Agency at this Japanese site: IPAGothic, IPAMincho, IPAPGothic, IPAPMincho, IPAUIGothic. These 2003 fonts all cover kanji, hiragana, katakana, as well as Latin, Greek and Cyrillic, and are Unicode compliant. A nice alternative for the proprietary MS Mincho and MS Gothic. See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Various versions (Windows, Mac) of the Osaka Japanese font. For a Unicode version in truetype, see here. The latter site also has the Latin/kana font y2hFONT. Both fonts have very unequal stroke widths, which make them virtually useless. Osaka, Osaka Narrow and Osaka Bold are dated 1998-1999 and belong to Apple. Old URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
A number of free Japanese unicode-compliant fonts based on the Japanese font Osaka. Arisaka stands for Arial+Osaka, and Tarisaka for Tahoma + Osaka. There are also fonts for Trebuchet + Osaka and Verdana + Osaka. Font names in 2008: ARISAKA-fix, ARISAKA, ARISAKA_AA, Arisaka-Unicode-MS---AA, Arisaka-Unicode-MS---P, Arisaka-Unicode-MS, Osaka-Unicode-MS---AA, Osaka-Unicode-MS---P, Osaka-Unicode-MS, Tarisaka-Unicode-MS---AA, Tarisaka-Unicode-MS---P, Tarisaka-Unicode-MS, Tarisaka, Trebuchet-Osaka--Provisional-, Trebuchet-P-Osaka--Provisional-, Verdana-Osaka--Provisional-, Verdana-P-Osaka--Provisional-, Osaka-Mobile. [Google] [More] ⦿
Part of the Japanese Open Source Initiative, we read: IPA has been providing "IPA Font*" series from 2003, for which IPA has all rights, and released "IPAex Mincho" and "IPAex Gothic" in February 2010 for common Japanese documentation. Main features of IPAex Fonts are as follows: [Fixed width for Japanese characters like Kana and Kanji], [Proportional width for Western characters], [Best balance for Japanese documentation mixed with Western characters]. When old versions are needed for backward compatibility, "IPA Mincho" and "IPA Gothic" for fixed width usage, "IPA P Mincho" and "IPA P Gothic" for proportional width usage has been still provided. The free fonts: IPAGothic, IPAMincho, IPAPGothic, IPAPMincho, IPAexGothic, IPAexMincho.
Japanese free font foundry. In 2012, they offered Nipponica Hiragana, and Shinobi.
Oxygen sells its fonts through Font Pavilion: the katakana fonts Neuron, One Dot, Robotech, Ticker-S, Ticker-M are the main ones, all designed by Takashi Konuma. Check also Chibacity (katakana). [Google] [More] ⦿
Original techno fonts made in 2002: i9-ari-font_alpha (handwriting), i9-ari-font_hira, i9-ari-font_kana, i9-KAKUatom, i9-KAKUatom-15-degrees, i9-KAKUatom-a, i9-KAKUatom-h, i9-Beating (futuristic stencil font), i9-cooking-school, i9-DDRfont-re, i9-gikogurumi (dingbats), i9-kitchen-school, i9-kitchen-school-yellow-news, i9-+-hagesikuninja-+ (dingbats), i9-hyu-poket, i9-to-hu, yeti-square. [Google] [More] ⦿
Shuichi Kataoka made the free fonts Karuji (Japanese), HetaDasa (Japanese), B Zenmai Clock, W Zenmai Clock (dingbat), Seventeen (2002, Latin), Marker (2002, hand-printed, Latin) and Modern Boy (2002, hand-printed). Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese barcode and Morse font site. Free downloads here: MorseSQ, BARCODE-JAN and Code39 T25W10 are by Parallel Starts. Older URL. Alternate URL. Yet another URL. Commercial barcode fonts are here, for CodaBar(NW7), Code 39 and Code 128. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese outfit, which started in 2001 and stopped in 2005. Designers of Vacarely Shell, sold at Font Pavilion. Other fonts: TubeClock, Fatty, Biscuit, OD, UD, Loopline, all for the Mac. I never learned the name of the type designer there. [Google] [More] ⦿
Spanish type foundry, est. 2016 by Pedro Arilla (b. 1984, Ejea de los Caballeros), who runs Don Serifa, a beautiful and informative Spanish type blog, and is based in Zaragoza, Spain. Pedro studied graphic design at Escuela Superior de Diseño de Aragón. In 2018, he joined Fontsmith as type designer.
In 2016, he published the humanist sans typeface family Mestre, which, in his own words, is a German & Dutch-inspired geometric sans-serif.
In 2017, Pedro graduated from the University of Reading with the multi-script typeface pair Rock (for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic) and Roll (for Latin, Arabic and Japanese).
In 2018, Fontsmith published the mammoth sans family FS Industrie.
Still in 2018, Arilla released FS Neruda at Fontsmith. This transitional storytelling text family is named after Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
The Lost & Foundry family of fonts was designed in 2018 by Fontsmith's designers Stuart de Rozario and Pedro Arilla together with M&C Saatchi London: FS Berwick FS Cattle, FS Century, FS Charity, FS Marlborough, FS Portland, FS St James. The campaign was developed by Fontsmith, M&C Saatchi London and Line Form Colour. The crumbling typefaces of Soho were recovered to be sold online as a collection of display fonts, to fund the House of St Barnabas's work with London's homeless.
Japanese foundry and software producer which offers a free dingbat font called Webicons (2002). Usagi is a rabbit ears alphading truetype font made in 1998 by Eiji Nishidai and Yuko Washizu. See also here. Names of designers and typefaces (ca. 1100 as of November 2006). At iFontMaker, in which he is also involved, he made a number of typefaces, ca. 2010: EijisFont, EijisFont5, EijisFontheavy3, Heavyyyyy2, tunagari. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese outfit. Manabu Koga designed the commercial font Assembly-5 (alphadings). Unimaginably useless Pepper Shop URL. In 2000, he designed Weapons German and WeaponsUS as part of FontPavilion. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer who created the pixel grid typeface z001-rom (2008), Katerina (2010, almost LED face), Kinryu (2010), Kinryu No. 14 (2009), z001-rom_v10.4, Normal (2009, pixel face), Elektrogothic (2008, futuristic), Laurier Test (2009, serifed), Laurier No. 7 (2009, an extensive Unicode typeface that covers Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, most Indic languages, Thai, Hebrew, Lao, Tibetan, runic, Khmer, and mathematical, chess and other symbols), Kinryu No. 8 Regular (2009, an extension of Laurier towards Japanese), Clucky Duck (2008, rounded), and the double-scratch handwriting typeface Wild Freak (2008). [Google] [More] ⦿
Petit Graphics (was: Petit.tv)
Misato (Petit Graphics) is the Japanese designer of the pixel fonts PG005A05, PG006A05, PG007H10, PG008A10, PG009A10, PG010K07, PG001A05, PG002K05, PG003A00, PG004A05, PG011H10. These were made between 2004-2006. Some are for Latin, others for kana. Alternate URL where these pixel fonts can be found: PG001A05, PG002K05, PG003A00, PG004A05, PG005A05, PG006A05, PG007H10, PG008A10, PG009A10. [Google] [More] ⦿
P-Font Dispenser (was: Yuji-3001)
Free original fonts by Yuji Adachi: Nice Age, Arcade (pixel font family that includes a horizontally-striped style, 1998), Bop Gun, No Problem, Dymos, One Nation, Atari 80, Bad Matrix and Lavalite, Dimension (kids' orthographic font, 1999), UHF (baseball shirt lettering, 1999), LogoSystem (1998), Bangalore (Stephen Coles says that this is still the world's best small pixel script), Radio Dept, Ole Segments, Code3X (barcode font, 1999), Neo Dymos, Major Kong (handprinting, 1999), Ohio Player.
In Digitalogue's DPI72 package, he published the screen pixel fonts CODE14X (1999), DryBones7 (1999), Tempo9 (1999). Promised fonts: Wax, Problems, Bad Matrix, Atari80, Neo Dymos, No Problem, Ole Segments.
Free fonts such as the Folkdance family of dingbats by Kato Masashi (of Flop Design, 1999), as well as Border (horiontally-striped face), Amifont, and Keymode, all digital letters in roman and kana, by the same designer. Mac and PC.
Free dingbats at this Japanese site include Hibiscus and Hawaiian Quilt 1 through 3, with symbols that could be used for snow crystals as well. In addition, we have the guitar dings font Ukelele (2005). [Google] [More] ⦿
An interesting piece of code written in 2015 by Tokyo-based Yuhta Nakajima. It takes as input a set of points that represent a polygonal line and outputs a Bezier approximation. On-line demo. This code was ported from Philip J. Schneider's example implementation which was included in "Graphics Gems", Academic Press, 1990. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese creators of PG Gene.
Shojiro Okuno is a Japanese art director and a graphic designer. He develops and offers custom typefaces, making mainly display fonts. He set up Pororoca in Tokyo in 2014. In 2017, he created the hairline circle-themed typeface Puji. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Positype was founded in 2002 by Athens and/or Jefferson, GA-based designer and type designer Neil Summerour (b. 1972, Azores, Portugal). Neil began developing typefaces in 1996 with the 1996 Olympic Brick Paver Project proprietary typeface. He is the co-principal and senior designer of Athens-based interactive, design, and advertising agency Genetic:ICG. In the summer of 2003, he began teaching Advanced Electronic Design in the Graphic Design Department at The University of Georgia.
Swash & Kern is the bespoke lettering and typeface design alter ego of Neil Summerour.
In 2001, Neil published his first two type designs with [T-26] Digital Type Foundry in Chicago, IL. Since then, he has released tens of font families including hiragana and katakana fonts. Positype fonts are sold by Myfonts.com and [T-26].