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Akira Kobayashi

Type Director Linotype GmbH | Japan / Germany

Studied at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo, and later followed this up with a calligraphy course at the London College of Printing. Since May 2001 Type Director at Linotype Library GmbH. Kobayashi has recently completed the Neue Frutige type family with close collaboration with the original designer Adrian Frutiger. Awards: Best of Category and Best of Show for the Clifford typeface in the 1998 U&lc magazine type design competition. 1st prize, text category for the Conrad typeface in Linotype Library's 3rd International Digital Type Design Contest. In the Type Directors Club's type design competitions of 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2007--for ITC Woodland, ITC Japanese Garden and ITC Silvermoon, FF Clifford, Linotype Conrad, and Palatino Sans respectively.

Presentation details

Linotype type design student workshop
Closed session, part 1

Workshop W05 | Room W2
Wednesday 17 September | 09:30 – 17:00

Theme Workshop | Duration: 450 minutes

ATypI and Linotype have invited ten excellent, typographically-minded junior or senior Cyrillic-writing students to participate in a typography-intensive workshop that includes an introduction to the world of letterforms and the basics of type design. In two closed sessions, on Wednesday 9:30–17:00, and on Thursday 9:30–12:00, the invited workshop participants will work closely with Linotype’s Akira Kobayashi and Nadine Chahine to create and refine their own designs. The workshop will conclude with a public viewing of the workshop results on Thursday 12:00–13:00 — come and see the progress the students have made!

Linotype type design student workshop
Closed session, part 2

Workshop W05 | Room W2
Thursday 18 September | 09:30 – 12:00

Theme Workshop | Duration: 150 minutes

ATypI and Linotype have invited ten excellent, typographically-minded junior or senior Cyrillic-writing students to participate in a typography-intensive workshop that includes an introduction to the world of letterforms and the basics of type design. In two closed sessions, on Wednesday 9:30–17:00, and on Thursday 9:30–12:00, the invited workshop participants will work closely with Linotype’s Akira Kobayashi and Nadine Chahine to create and refine their own designs. The workshop will conclude with a public viewing of the workshop results on Thursday 12:00–13:00 — come and see the progress the students have made!

Linotype type design student demonstration
Public demonstration

Demonstration D01 | Room W2
Thursday 18 September | 12:00 – 13:00

Theme Education | Duration: 60 minutes

ATypI and Linotype have invited ten excellent, typographically-minded junior or senior Cyrillic-writing students to participate in a typography-intensive workshop that includes an introduction to the world of letterforms and the basics of type design. The invited workshop participants will work closely with Linotype’s Akira Kobayashi and Nadine Chahine to create and refine their own designs. The workshop will conclude with a public viewing of the workshop results on Thursday 12:00–13:00 — come and see the progress the students have made!

PROGRAM UPDATE: Working with two type legends, Hermann Zapf and Adrian Frutiger
How they changed my life and how I changed theirs

Session A14 | Room Palace A
Saturday 20 September | 17:20 – 18:10

Theme Personalities | Duration: 50 minutes

Linotype type director talks about his work with Hermann Zapf and Adrian Frutiger

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