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Akira Kobayashi

Akira Kobayashi studied at Musashino Art College in Tokyo from 1979 to 1983, and six years later followed up with a calligraphy course at the London College of Printing. Akira’s type design career began at Sha-Ken Co., a phototypesetting manufacturer, until 1989. His next three years were at Jiyu-Kobo, Ltd. where he designed the Japanese font Hiragino Mincho and 6-weight Latin variation Hiragino Roman for Dainippon Screen Co. From 1993 to 1997 he worked at TypeBank Co., where he designed Latin alphabets to accompany all 17 of their Japanese fonts.

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DIN Next™

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49 fonts from $79.00
DIN Next™ DIN Next™

The name DIN refers to the Deutsches Institut für Normung (in English, the German Institute for Standardization). The typeface began life as the DIN Institute’s standard no. DIN 1451, published in 1931. It contained several models of standard alphabets for mechanically engraved lettering, hand-lettering, lettering stencils and printing types. These were to be used in the areas of signage, traffic signs, wayfinding, lettering on technical drawings and technical documentation. Rooted in earlier designs for Germany’s railway companies, the alphabets were based on geometric shapes in order to be easily reproducible using compass and ruler.

DIN Next Rounded™

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DIN Next Rounded™ DIN Next Rounded™

The name DIN refers to the Deutsches Institut für Normung (in English, the German Institute for Standardization). The typeface began life as the DIN Institute’s standard no. DIN 1451, published in 1931. It contained several models of standard alphabets for mechanically engraved lettering, hand-lettering, lettering stencils and printing types. These were to be used in the areas of signage, traffic signs, wayfinding, lettering on technical drawings and technical documentation. Rooted in earlier designs for Germany’s railway companies, the alphabets were based on geometric shapes in order to be easily reproducible using compass and ruler.

Akko Pro Rounded™

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12 fonts from $65.00
Akko Pro Rounded™ Akko Pro Rounded™

Akko is named after its designer, Linotype’s type director Akira Kobayashi, who began working on the type family in early 2010. “I originally planned to design a sans serif font with rounded corners,” he explains. “But then I became attracted to the idea of an industrial, engineered design, something similar to the rectilinear form of DIN Next™, but with curved strokes and soft proportions.”

Akko Std Rounded™

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12 fonts from $54.00
Akko Std Rounded™ Akko Std Rounded™

FF Clifford™

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30 fonts from $49.00
FF Clifford™ FF Clifford™

Japanese type designer Akira Kobayashi created this serif FontFont in 1999.

The family has 6 weights, (including italics) and is ideally suited for book text, editorial and publishing as well as small text.

Akko Std™

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12 fonts from $54.00
Akko Std™ Akko Std™

Akko Pro™

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12 fonts from $65.00
Akko Pro™ Akko Pro™

ITC Seven Treasures Ornaments™

by ITC
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2 fonts from $29.00
ITC Seven Treasures Ornaments™ ITC Seven Treasures Ornaments™

Eurostile® Unicase

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1 font from $65.00
Eurostile® Unicase Eurostile® Unicase

Helvetica® Neue eText Pro

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8 fonts from $65.00
Helvetica® Neue eText Pro Helvetica® Neue eText Pro

ITC Luna™

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2 fonts from $35.00
ITC Luna™ ITC Luna™

ITC Luna is the work of Japanese designer Akira Kobayashi. He turned to the designs of the 1930s for his inspiration for both ITC Luna and ITC Silvermoon. “Luna is designed to fill the gap between a pure Art Deco display face and an ordinary text face,” says Kobayashi. “It has an Art Deco style but is still fairly easy to read. It can be used in short passages of text. As for individual characters, I especially liked the distinctive O, shaded only on one side. Lowercase a and g are also unusual, but they are somehow legible enough in text matter.” And for a finishing touch on his Luna, Kobayashi added the charming moon face as an extra character.

ITC Luna™

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4 fonts from $29.00
ITC Luna™ ITC Luna™

Calcite®

by Adobe
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3 fonts from $35.00
Calcite® Calcite®

Calcite Pro is a contemporary sans serif italic typeface designed by Japanese type designer Akira Kobayashi. Although it derives its basic character from the italic scripts of the Italian Renaissance, Kobayashi has utilized a highly stylized and rational approach to create an inspired modern Adobe Originals adaptation. Calcite Pro’s geometric form and almost crystalline texture evoke images of its mineral namesake.

Frutiger Serif Pro™

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20 fonts from $65.00
Frutiger Serif Pro™ Frutiger Serif Pro™

ITC Magnifico™

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4 fonts from $29.00
ITC Magnifico™ ITC Magnifico™

ITC Woodland™

by ITC
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8 fonts from $29.00
ITC Woodland™ ITC Woodland™

ITC Scarborough™

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4 fonts from $29.00
ITC Scarborough™ ITC Scarborough™

Skid Row™

by ITC
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2 fonts from $29.00
Skid Row™ Skid Row™

ITC Japanese Garden Ornaments™

by ITC
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2 fonts from $29.00
ITC Japanese Garden Ornaments™ ITC Japanese Garden Ornaments™

Conrad®

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4 fonts from $29.00
Conrad® Conrad®

The award-winning Conrad was created by Japanese type designer Akira Kobayashi. Its design was based on the fifteenth-century type by Conrad Sweynheym and Arnold Pannartz, two German printers active in Rome at that time. They produced a unique, slightly unbalanced yet attractive type.

ITC Woodland™

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4 fonts from $35.00
ITC Woodland™ ITC Woodland™

ITC Vineyard™

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6 fonts from $29.00
ITC Vineyard™ ITC Vineyard™

Cosmiqua®

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10 fonts from $65.00
Cosmiqua® Cosmiqua®

FF Acanthus Text™

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4 fonts from $65.00
FF Acanthus Text™ FF Acanthus Text™

FF Acanthus Open™

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2 fonts from $79.00
FF Acanthus Open™ FF Acanthus Open™

Skid Row

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1 font from $39.96
Skid Row Skid Row

TX Lithium

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10 fonts from $65.00
TX Lithium TX Lithium

ITC Silvermoon™

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4 fonts from $35.00
ITC Silvermoon™ ITC Silvermoon™

FF Acanthus™

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4 fonts from $79.00
FF Acanthus™ FF Acanthus™

ITC Silvermoon™

by ITC
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4 fonts from $29.00
ITC Silvermoon™ ITC Silvermoon™

Avenir® Next Pro

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32 fonts from $79.00
Avenir® Next Pro Avenir® Next Pro

Neue Frutiger®

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140 fonts from $79.00
Neue Frutiger® Neue Frutiger®

Optima Nova®

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60 fonts from $79.00
Optima Nova® Optima Nova®

Eurostile® Next

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23 fonts from $79.00
Eurostile® Next Eurostile® Next

Trade Gothic® Next

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17 fonts from $79.00
Trade Gothic® Next Trade Gothic® Next

Palatino® Sans

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21 fonts from $65.00
Palatino® Sans Palatino® Sans

Zapfino® Extra

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12 fonts from $54.00
Zapfino® Extra Zapfino® Extra

DIN Next Arabic™

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7 fonts from $129.00
DIN Next Arabic™ DIN Next Arabic™

Nami®

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3 fonts from $65.00
Nami® Nami®

Neuzeit® Office

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4 fonts from $79.00
Neuzeit® Office Neuzeit® Office

Eurostile® Candy

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3 fonts from $65.00
Eurostile® Candy Eurostile® Candy

Palatino® nova

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33 fonts from $79.00
Palatino® nova Palatino® nova

Aldus® Nova Pro

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4 fonts from $79.00
Aldus® Nova Pro Aldus® Nova Pro

Times Europa Office®

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4 fonts from $79.00
Times Europa Office® Times Europa Office®

Palatino® Sans Informal

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20 fonts from $65.00
Palatino® Sans Informal Palatino® Sans Informal

Virtuosa®

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1 font from $65.00
Virtuosa® Virtuosa®

Aldus® Nova Com

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4 fonts from $79.00
Aldus® Nova Com Aldus® Nova Com

Trump Mediaeval Office™

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4 fonts from $79.00
Trump Mediaeval Office™ Trump Mediaeval Office™

Metro Office®

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4 fonts from $79.00
Metro Office® Metro Office®

Trade Gothic® Next Soft Rounded

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9 fonts from $79.00
Trade Gothic® Next Soft Rounded Trade Gothic® Next Soft Rounded

In 1948, Mergenthaler Linotype released the first weights of Trade Gothic, designed by Jackson Burke. Over the next 12 years, Burke, who was the company’s Director of Typographic Development from 1948 through 1963, continued to expand the family.

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