Award Ceremony and Special Lecture by the type design director Masahiko Kozuka on September 3

We hold an awards ceremony for the winners Morisawa Type Design Competition 2019 and a special lecture by Masahiko Kozuka on September 3. 2019.

For the award ceremony of Type Design Competition 2019, we invite the winners around the world, and they will receive trophies and award certificates. This time, we had 813 submissions from 53 countries, which is much more than the last competition, and we have selected total 16 winning works in 4 categories for the awards including Morisawa award.

The guest speaker, Masahiko Kozuka has involved with many famous type development projects, including Morisawa’s ShiGo as a type design director. Also, he was the past type competition jury for Japanese category in 2012, and an emeritus jury in 2014.
The lecture is based on the theme “Vertical typesetting vs. Horizontal typesetting and the remaining tasks of Japanese Typesetting―Hiragana.” Masahiko will talk about the history of Japanese typography as well as explaining the problems of current Japanese Typesetting.

A catalog of the winning works of the competition will be handed out to everyone who comes to the venue.
We all look forward to seeing you all at the ceremony.

The Event Program

●Award Ceremony
The juries of Type Design Competition 2019 will give trophies and award certificates to the winners of each award.

●Special Lecture by Masahiko Kozuka
“Vertical typesetting vs. Horizontal typesetting and the remaining tasks of Japanese Typesetting―Hiragana.”
The type design has been developed through the times with continuous challenges for the restraints of the technologies. The environment of type design becoming more friendly, but we are facing the era of artificial intelligence. I feel that the unconventional type is the next step, and that is what people are expecting today. I hope this lecture will be your starting point to think about the feature of types.

Masahiko Kozuka
Born in 1929. In 1950 Masahiko Kozuka started to work at the Mainichi newspaper, one of the leading nationwide daily newspapers in Japan. Until his retirement in 1985, he was engaged in the design, production, and development of all the typefaces of the company. From 1985 to 1992, he worked as full-time type design director for Morisawa Inc. and directed many of the popular typefaces such as ShinGo. In 1992, he started working for Adobe Systems and developed Adobe’s original Japanese typeface Kozuka Mincyo and Kozuka Gothic as a Japanese Typographic Director.

Details of the Event

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019
Award Ceremony and Special Lecture 17:00-18:30 (open at 16:30)
Reception 18:30-19:30

Please note that the timetable is subject to change and can vary under certain circumstances.

Venue: Kanda Myojin Hall 2-16-2 Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
JR: 5 minutes walk from Ochanomizu Station/7 minutes walk from Akihabara Station
Tokyo Metro: 5 minutes walk from Suehirocho Station/7 minutes walk from Akihabara Station

Capacity: 200 people
Admission: free
Entry:advanced registration required (available on a first-come, first-served basis).
Other Notes: simultaneous interpretation available