His typeface Ensoku (2013-2014) won an award at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2014. He also studied calligraphy at the London College of Printing. Akira Kobayashi, who was based in Tokyo prior to his move to the Franfurt area, is an accomplished type designer who has created numerous typefaces for Sha-Ken, Dainippon Screen (where he made the kanji font Hiragino Mincho), Type Bank (from 1993-1997), ITC and Linotype, where he is Type Director since 2001. His numerous awards include the Type Directors Club awards in 1998 (ITC Woodland), 1999 (the art deco styled ITC Silvermoon, and ITC Japanese Garden), and 2000 (FF Clifford), the 1999 Kyrillitsa award for ITC Japanese Garden, the 3rd International Digital Type Design Contest by Linotype Library (for the informal and quirky 4-style Linotype Conrad (1999): Linotype states that Kobayashi took his inspiration from a print typeface of the 15th century created by two German printers named Konrad Sweynheim and Arnold Pannartz), and the 5th Morisawa International Typeface Competition (in which he received an Honourable Mention for his typeface Socia Oldstyle). Stempel AG and the Linotypes design studio in 1966. Stempel AG's DIN Neuzeit, created by Wilhelm Pischner between 19), DIN Next (2009, based on the classic DIN 1451), Times Europa Office (2006, modeled after the original serif family produced by Walter Tracy and the Linotypes design studio in 1974.Aki won the Gold Medal in the kanji category for Natsume in 2016 at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2016. A redesign of the classic Times New Roman typeface, Times Europa was created as its replacement for the Times of London newspaper.
Its founders are Steve Matteson (type designer, formerly with Agfa/Monotype), Thomas Rickner (of Microsoft fame, where he hinted many Microsoft families), Ira Mirochnick (founder and President of Monotype Typography Inc in 1989 (where he was until 2000) and a Senior Vice President and director of Agfa Monotype Corporation (2000-2003), a self-proclaimed expert in font licensing issues and IP protection), and Bill Davis (most recently the Vice President of Marketing for Agfa Monotype).Also included in this group are Josh Hadley, Brian Kraimer, Jim Ford (since 2005), and Jeff Finger (as Chief Research Scientist, since 2006).On December 8, 2010, Ascender was acquired by Monotype for 10.2 million dollars. [ Major Japanese free font foundry with techno, katakana, hiragana, comic book Latin, techno and game fonts. Free original fonts made in 20 by "Gurucho": Spiral-Bitmap, Tea Pot, XSquare, XSquare-Katakana, XSquare-Lite. He also published some Japanese typefaces at FONT1000. This savings in space by reusing pierces of font outlines is useful for high quality (scalable) fonts on mobile devices and digital TVs. [ Commercial Japanese truetype fonts (kanji) by Masahiro Suzuki.