SHOTYPE is a design production based in Tokyo for Logotype design, Packaging design, Corporate Identity, Information design and Latin & Japanese customized font. After I graduated from TypeMedia KABK in 2011, I’m focusing on making a Latin typeface. Shotype.com also has a great network for making works featuring Japanese type design and typography. So, if you have any question about Japanese typeface and type design, feel free to ask to below address.

What is SHOTYPE? The name “SHOTYPE” is a coined one word that combined 書体: sho-tai, which means “typeface” in Japanese, and “type[taip].” Besides, “sho” is the same pronunciation as 書: sho, which means Calligraphy in Japanese.
When I started this foundry, I thought my foundry’s name should have Japanese meaning and sense. I would like to make fonts which can be used all over the world.


Kunihiko Okano: Manager, Designer.
Type designer, Package designer.
A member of Japan Package Design Association.




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Kunihiko Okano:
Kunihiko graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts in 1995. After working as a packaging designer for about a decade, he started his design office Shotype Design in 2008 and has been providing Latin parts to Japanese type foundries. After graduate from TypeMedia 2011 at KABK, he  restarted his design office and focusing on making Latin typeface and logotypes.