About Akira Kobayashi
Akira Kobayashi started his career in 1983 as a Type Designer at Sha-Ken Co.,a phototypesetter manufacturer. In 1989, he left the company to study calligraphy and typography in London. On his return to Japan in 1990, he joined Jiyu-Kobo and was involved in designing and digitizing the Japanese fonts Hiragino Mincho and Hiragino Gothic. From 1993 to 1997 he worked for TypeBank Co., where he designed the Latin alphabet to match digital Japanese fonts of the foundry. From 1997 to 2001 he was a freelance type designer and won numerous international awards for his original typefaces. After completing the design of the Latin alphabets for the Japanese fonts “Axis” by Type Project’s in 2000, he moved to Germany in 2001 to assume his current position at Monotype, formerly Linotype. As type director, he controls the aesthetic quality of in-house typefaces. He has been collaborating with the two preeminent designers Adrian Frutiger and Hermann Zapf to modernize their earlier type designs, to create digital interpretations of classic typeface families for the re-design, and to design corporate custom typefaces. Besides all this, he is making his own types. He is a frequent speaker at international type conferences and workshops in Europe, America and Asia, and is a juror in prestigious international type design competitions.