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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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56 font families by Akira Kobayashi

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DIN Next™

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49 fonts from $79.00
DIN Next™ DIN Next™

DIN Next Rounded™

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4 fonts from $79.00
DIN Next Rounded™ DIN Next Rounded™

Akko Pro Rounded™

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

Akko Pro™

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12 fonts from $65.00
Akko Pro™ Akko Pro™

Frutiger Serif Pro™

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

FF Clifford™

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12 fonts from $49.00
FF Clifford™ FF Clifford™

ITC Woodland™

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8 fonts from $29.00
ITC Woodland™ ITC Woodland™

Akko Std™

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12 fonts from $54.00
Akko Std™ Akko Std™

Akko Std Rounded™

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

ITC Luna™

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

ITC Scarborough™

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4 fonts from $29.00
ITC Scarborough™ ITC Scarborough™

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

Calcite®

by Adobe
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3 fonts from $35.00
Calcite® Calcite®

ITC Luna™

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2 fonts from $35.00
ITC Luna™ ITC Luna™

ITC Magnifico™

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

ITC Silvermoon™

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4 fonts from $35.00
ITC Silvermoon™ ITC Silvermoon™

FF Acanthus Text™

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

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™

ITC Seven Treasures Ornaments™

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

Cosmiqua®

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10 fonts from $65.00
Cosmiqua® Cosmiqua®

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

Conrad®

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4 fonts from $29.00
Conrad® Conrad®

FF Acanthus™

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4 fonts from $79.00
FF Acanthus™ FF Acanthus™

ITC Woodland™

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4 fonts from $35.00
ITC Woodland™ ITC Woodland™

ITC Vineyard™

by ITC
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6 fonts from $29.00
ITC Vineyard™ ITC Vineyard™

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

DIN Next Arabic™

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

Trade Gothic® Next

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

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

Neuzeit® Office

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4 fonts from $79.00
Neuzeit® Office Neuzeit® Office

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

Aldus® Nova Pro

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

Palatino® Sans Informal

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

Aldus® Nova Com

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

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

Nami®

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3 fonts from $65.00
Nami® Nami®

Times Europa Office®

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

Virtuosa®

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1 font from $65.00
Virtuosa® Virtuosa®

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®

DIN Next Slab

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14 fonts from $49.00 - some free
DIN Next Slab DIN Next Slab

The new DIN Next Slab:
Now even more design possibilities with the popular DIN Next. With its technical and neutral character, DIN Next has earned a permanent place in contemporary typography. Now, DIN Next Slab expands the font family further, offering new design potential.
Now comes the next step, DIN Next Slab, also produced under the direction of Akira Kobayashi. On a team with Sandra Winter and Tom Grace, Kobayashi is creating the new font variant based on the optimized shapes of DIN Next. The expansion will make the popular font all the more flexible and versatile. Apart from that, the geometric slab serifs underline the technical and formal nature of the font and emphasize a central design element of DIN Next.
However, the team did have some challenges to overcome. While it is relatively easy to imagine DIN Next Light with slab serifs, the amount of available space quickly disappears when it comes to the Black styles. Winter explains that many tests and trials were necessary to find a compromise between space, letters and the serif shapes. Experiments with modified contrast in the weight or only one-sided serifs were quickly abandoned. The central, technical and powerful character of the font changed too much. Nevertheless, it was necessary to simplify slightly the shape of some letters, such as the ‘k’ or ‘x’, for example. These changes, first developed in the Black styles, were applied to all weights in order to lend the font a consistent appearance.
Like DIN Next, DIN Next Slab also has seven weights, which cover the range from Ultralight to Black, each with matching italic. There are various character sets in all of the styles and the four middle weights have small capitals available.
DIN Next Slab harmonizes perfectly with the styles of DIN Next: the basic letterforms and weights are identical. Both versions of the font can work together perfectly, not just in headlines and body text, but also within a text; they complement each other very well as design variations. With the new DIN Next Slab, Monotype expands the DIN Next super family consistently. With DIN Next Slab, you can underscore the technical and formal nature of the understated font not only in headlines, but in texts, as well. In this way, you have new and diverse potential for application, thanks to the way the different styles of DIN Next combine perfectly.

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