About Us

To broaden the potential of letters. This is the central motivation behind Type Project. Starting with the production of AXIS Font in 2001, with the premise of developing it for use in a bilingual design magazine, Type Project has been engaged in highly original and forward-thinking endeavors with a focus on typeface development. The results have been outstanding, from basic fonts that raise the bar of next-generation typeface design standards, to custom fonts equipped with all-new functions and typefaces created for specific identity needs. “Make life more comfortable and richer through letters”. With this guiding principle, Type Project envisions our role as a 21st-century typeface design company presenting the letters that are ideally suited to the information-based society of the future.

Business

Retail Fonts

In order to bring forth typefaces that are well suited to the demands of the coming era, Type Project is actively engaged in research, development and proposal planning of the fonts. With our meticulous handling of projects via an approach that puts emphasis on originality, and our ongoing development of richly imaginative typeface families, we have been receiving great acclaim from specialists in diverse industrial fields. The central principal of Type Project is to make the font with the usability and newness to meet advances in technology, in accordance with social and lifestyle changes.
Products: AXIS Font, AXIS Latin Pro, TP Mincho

Custom Fonts

We can adjust our retail fonts into pre-existing Latin character designs, using the fine-tuning tools we originally developed. We engage in the proposal and development of original corporate fonts that serve as a powerful and identity-expressing branding tool, and develop the font to embed into the application software or install as a system font. Our fonts can be applied effectively to cover a broad range of communication needs to assist development of next-generation fonts that take advantage of uniquely digital features.
Products: Corporate Fonts, Adjustable Font, Device Fonts

City Font

Type Project is proceeding with the City Font project to reflect the uniqueness of the native cultures and histories of various cities into a typeface. The objective is to convey the respective city’s integrity, character and identity through the use of font. We aim to heighten the appeal of the city by having many people participate in the City Font project.
Products: Nagoya Kinshachi Font, Yokohama Hama Mincho (provisional name)

History

Mar. 2017
AXIS Round 100 released.
Jan. 2017
AXIS Round 50 released.
Nov. 2016
Drop&Type 2.0 released.
Apr. 2016
Drop&Type released.
Sep. 2015
Release AXIS FitFont.
Aug. 2015
Tokyo City Font announced.
Apr. 2015
Release TP Mincho FitFont
Dec. 2014
Release AXIS Font ProN
Feb. 2014
Release of TP Mincho
Oct. 2012
Adjustable Technology announced.
Oct. 2010
Kinshachi Font exhibition held (Nagoya).
Nov. 2009
AXIS Latin Pro released.
June 2009
City Font project launched; Kinshachi Font and Hama Mincho typefaces announced.
Jan. 2009
Release of AXIS Font Compressed
Dec. 2008
Type Project, Inc. established.
Sep. 2007
Release of AXIS Font Condensed.
Feb. 2007
Driver’s Font announced.
Jan. 2005
Creation of POLA INC. slogan logo ‘Hada ni utsukushii mirai o’ (‘For a beautiful future for the skin’).
Sep. 2002
Pola Museum of Art signage typeface created.
Sep. 2001
Announcement of AXIS Font
Apr. 2001
Type Project founded.

Awards

Sep. 2016
City Font Project receives Good Design Award.
Apr. 2015
Selected Top 100 Japanese should be proud in the world
Oct. 2010
AXIS Latin Pro receives Good Design Digital Contents Award.
Dec. 2009
City Font website selected Curator’s Choice at ‘Japan Media Arts Plaza’.
Oct. 2009
Good Design Frontier Design Award received for Driver’s Font.
Oct. 2008
AXIS Font Condensed and Compressed receive Good Design Communication Digital Media Award.
Oct. 2003
AXIS Font receives Good Design Communication Design Award.

Staffs

Isao Suzuki
Director/Type Director

Lecturer at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music s and at Musashino Art University.
Born in 1967 in Nagoya and graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music. He worked at Adobe Systems Japan for 7 years as type designer. After leaving Adobe, he founded the Type Project Inc. in 2001. He is working for developing new font, KInchachi Mincho.

Hideyo Ryoken
Type Designer

Born in 1982 in Chiba. He joined Type Project Inc. in 2007, after he worked at Web production company. As a key member of City Font project, he was responsible to start up “cityfotn.com – voice of a city” web site. He is working for developing Hama Mincho and manage the company’s web site.

Minako Sumi
Manager
Yasuhi Naoi
Type Engineer
Masaya Nakamura
Type Engineer
Yuriko Wada
Type Designer
Kenji Yazaki
Type Designer
Naho Kotake
Type Designer
Tomoko Ishikawa
Type Designer
Chise Kanai
Type Engineer