Shotype is a Tokyo based type design studio run by Kunihiko Okano for making Logotype and Latin & Japanese customized font. After he graduated from TypeMedia KABK in 2011, he is focusing on making a Latin typeface. Since he got the gold prize in the Japanese category of Morisawa Type Design competition 2012, he started Japanese type design and organized a network to be able to make a full-set Japanese typeface and typography. If you have any question about Japanese typeface and type design, feel free to ask to the 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. I would like to make fonts which can be used all over the world.

Shotype Design:

Kunihiko Okano: Manager, Designer.
Type designer.




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Kunihiko Okano:
Kunihiko Okano is a type designer and the founder of Shotype Design. Born in Hyogo, Japan, he graduated from the visual design course at the Kyoto City University of Arts. After ten years of working as a packaging designer at Ing associates inc., he worked at Type Project, then established his own design office Shotype Design in 2008 and has been focusing on designing typefaces and logotypes. In 2011, he graduated the Type and Media program at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague, the Netherlands.

He was commissioned to design the Latin part of Hiragino UD and Hiragino Sans W0 for SCREEN Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd., and the Latin part of Toppan Bunkyutai for Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., and has released Quintet from Photo-Lettering. His Typeface Waran won the gold prize in the Japanese category of Morisawa Type Design competition 2012, and his Latin typeface Alcedo won the Honorable Mention prize in the Latin category of the competition in 2014. He now also works as a part-time instructor at Kyoto City University of Arts and Kanazawa College of Art.