Morisawa Type Design Competition 2012


Kanji Category

  • 【 Masahiko Kozuka 】
    Type Design Director
    Born in 1929. At the Mainichi Newspapers technology head office, Kozuka engaged in development of all typefaces for the newspapers from 1950 until his retirement in 1984. From 1985 to 1992, he served as advisory design director for Morisawa Inc. and directed the development of major typefaces such as Shin Gothic. Kozuka was a juror for the Morisawa Type Design Competition from 1992 to 2002.

    As Japanese typography director, Kozuka worked for Adobe Systems from 1992 through 2001 and helped develop Adobeʼs original Kozuka Mincho and Gothic typefaces. He served as a part-time lecturer at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music from 1979 to 1997. He has been a member of the International Typographic Association and the A.Typ.I. Since 1974.

  • 【 Osamu Torinoumi 】
    Type Designer
    Born in1955 in Yamagata, Torinoumi joined Sha-Ken Co. Ltd. in 1979 upon his graduation from the Graphic Design department at Tama Art University. Torinoumi is the president 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 forty 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.
  • 【 Yasuhito Nagahara 】
    Graphic Designer
    Nagahara is a graphic designer and professor at the Information Design department at Tama Art University. He is known for his promotion of designs across various media, from book designs and digital media projects to art direction of exhibitions. He served successive tenures as art director for the Japanese pavilion “Cyber Nippon-kan” at the 2005 Aichi Expo and for the Japanese pavilion website at the 2008 Saragoza Expo in Spain. His major publications include The Landscape of Design (published by BNN Shin-sha), Design of Japanese Language (Bijutsu Shuppan-sha), The Interaction of Universe (co-author, Kosaku-sha) among others. His numerous awards include the Grand Prize from the MMCA Multi-media Grand Prix. Nagahara is a member of the Association Typographique Internationale, and president of the electronic publishing project epjp / ePublishing Jp.

  • Photo:Yoshiaki Tsutsui

    【 Kenya Hara 】
    Designer, Kenya Hara (b.1958) emphasizes the design of both objects and experiences. In 2000, he produced the exhibition “RE-DESIGN–Daily Products of the 21st Century”, which successfully presented the fact that the resources of astonishing design are found in the context of the very ordinary and casual. In 2002, Hara became a member of MUJIʼs advisory board and began acting as its art director. In 2004, he planned and directed the exhibition “HAPTIC – Awakening the Senses” revealing to the audience that great resources of design are dormant in the human senses. Much of his work, including the programs for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Nagano Winter Olympic Games and Expo 2005 is deeply rooted in Japanese culture. In 2007 and 2009, he produced two exhibitions titled “TOKYO FIBER — SENSEWARE” in Paris, Milan and Tokyo, and from 2008 through 2009, the exhibition “JAPAN CAR” in Paris and at the Science Museum in London. Haraʼs focus in these kinds of exhibitions is on visualizing and widely disseminating the potentiality of industry. The radius of his activity has been expanding to the rest of Asia as well, including the traveling exhibition “DESIGNING DESIGN Kenya Hara 2011 China Exhibition” that starts in Beijing in 2011. Several books authored by Hara, including Designing Design and White, have been translated into a number of languages, including other Asian languages.
    Representative, the Nippon Design Center Inc.
    Professor at Musashino Art University President, Japan Design Committee Co., Ltd. Vice President, Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc.
  • 【 Tsunehisa Morisawa 】
    President, Morisawa Bunken Inc.
    Born in 1964 in Akashi, Hyogo prefecture. Upon joining Morisawa Bunken Inc. in 1987, Morisawa promoted the use of computer systems in typeface development. He became the director of Morisawa Bunken Inc. in 2003 and was appointed president in 2006. Since 2007 he has spearheaded the “Creation of Attractive Typefaces” project.

Latin Category

  • 【 Akira Kobayashi 】
    Type Designer
    Studied at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, he began his career as a type designer at Sha-Ken Co., Ltd., a phototypesetter manufacturer, in 1983. In 1989 he left Sha-Ken to study calligraphy and typography in London. On his return to Japan in 1990, he entered Jiyu-Kobo, Ltd. and was involved in designing and digitizing the Japanese fonts Hiragino Mincho and Hiragino Gothic. From 1993 to 1997 he worked for TypeBank Co., Ltd., where he designed Latin alphabets to accompany the foundryʼs digital Japanese fonts. From 1997 to 2001 he was a freelance type designer and during this period won numerous international awards for his original typefaces. After completing the design of Latin alphabets to accompany Type Projectʼs Axis Japanese fonts in 2000, he moved to Germany in 2001 to assume his current position at Linotype. As type director he controls the aesthetic quality of in-house typefaces, and has been collaborating with the two preeminent designers Adrian Frutiger and Hermann Zapf to modernize their earlier type designs, creating digital interpretations of classic typeface families for renovation, and designing corporate custom typefaces, besides making his own types. He is a frequent speaker at international type conferences and workshops in Europe, Americas and Asia, and serves as a jury member in prestigious international typeface design competitions.

    Major awards:
    • U&lc Type Design Competition, Best of Category and Best of Show: Clifford (1998)
    • Linotype Libraryʼs 3rd International Digital Type Design Contest, 1st Prize in the Text Category: Conrad (2000)
    • Type Directors Club Type Design Competitions: ITC Woodland (1998), ITC Japanese Garden and ITC Silvermoon (1999), FF Clifford (2000), Linotype Conrad (2001), and Palatino Sans (with Hermann Zapf, 2007)

  • 【 Cyrus Highsmith 】
    Type Designer
    In 1997 Cyrus Highsmith graduated with honors from Rhode Island School of Design and joined the Font Bureau. As Senior Designer, he concentrates on development of new type series. A faculty member at RISD, he teaches typography in the department of Graphic Design. He lectures and gives workshops across the United States, Mexico and Europe. In 2001, Highsmith was featured in Print Magazineʼs New Visual Artist Review. His typefaces Prensa and Relay were among the winners at Bukva:Raz!, the international type design competition. He has exhibited his work in the United States and Europe.

    Martha Stewart Living, The Source, MensHealth, the Spanish edition of Playboy, Rolling Stone, The Montreal Gazette (Canada), and The Sunday Independent (London) have featured his faces. He has designed types for La Prensa Grafica (El Salvador) and El Universal (Mexico City). In 2002 he produced new headline series for The Wall Street Journal that satisfied complex contemporary requirements while remaining within the traditional typographic character that distinguishes the Journal.

    The wide range of his work is important to Highsmith. He considers himself above all a draftsman. Drawing is his lifelong passion. He combines an energetic illustrative approach with enthusiasm for typographic communication, leading to a diverse library of original designs. Highsmith draws a calligraphic script for a wedding invitation as comfortably as an industrial strength sanserif.

  • 【 Sara Soskolne 】
    Type Designer
    Sara Soskolne is senior designer at the New York foundry Hoefler & Frere-Jones. Originally a graphic designer in her home town of Toronto, after ten years of apparently never being able to find quite the right typeface for the job she finally decided to just learn how to make them herself, jumping careers and an ocean to study typeface design at the University of Reading where she earned her MA in the subject in 2003. Since joining H&FJ in 2005 she has contributed to the design of a wide range of both bespoke and retail typefaces, including Verlag, Chronicle, Sentinel, Gotham, and Tungsten, and has taught typeface design at the Yale School of Art, New Yorkʼs School of Visual Arts and The Cooper Union.
  • 【 Matthew Carter 】
    Type Designer
    Matthew Carter is a type designer with fifty yearsʼ experience of typographic technologies ranging from hand-cut punches to computer fonts. After a long association with the Linotype companies he was a co-founder in 1981 of Bitstream Inc., the digital typefoundry, where he worked for ten years. He is now a principal of Carter & Cone Type Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts, designers and producers of original typefaces.

    His type designs include ITC Galliard, Snell Roundhand and Shelley scripts, Helvetica Compressed, Olympian (for newspaper text), Bell Centennial (for the US telephone directories), ITC Charter, and faces for Greek, Hebrew, Cyrillic and Devanagari. For Carter & Cone he has designed Mantinia, Sophia, Elephant, Big Caslon, Alisal and Miller.
    In 2011 Monotype Imaging released his Carter Sans.

    Carter & Cone have produced types on commission for Time, Newsweek, Wired, U.S. News & World Report, Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Le Monde, The Walker Art Center, the Museum of Modern Art, Yale University, and the Hamilton Wood Type Museum.

    Starting in the mid-ʼ90s Carter has worked with Microsoft on a series of “screen fonts” designed to maximize the legibility of type on computer monitors. Of these, Verdana, Tahoma and Nina (a condensed face for hand-held devices) are sanserif types; Georgia is a seriffed design.

    Carter is a Royal Designer for Industry, a member of the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame, and a Senior Critic on Yaleʼs Graphic Design faculty. He has received a Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, the AIGA medal and the Type Directors Club medal, and a MacArthur Fellows Award. In 2011 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Design Awards, given by the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.