Monotype Enhances its Japanese Typeface Portfolio and Now Offers Over 500
Premium-Quality Fonts from Premier Japanese Suppliers
Many of the Latest Typeface Additions Now Available for the First Time Outside
WOBURN, Mass. -- October 16, 2013
Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: TYPE), a leading provider of
typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer
devices, has engaged with several of Japan’s top typeface foundries and
distributors to enhance Monotype’s portfolio of high-quality Japanese fonts.
Typefaces from Iwata, JiyuKobo, Motoya, Ricoh and Type Project comprise the
latest additions, bringing the total to more than 500 high-quality Japanese
fonts that can be licensed from Monotype for a wide variety of uses.
Monotype’s selection of Japanese typefaces now represents one of the world’s
largest and most comprehensive portfolios of Japanese fonts. The latest
additions – several of which are available for the first time outside of Japan
– are licensed through Monotype’s direct sales channels and through the
company’s Fonts.com and Linotype.com websites. In addition to licenses for Web
fonts and traditional desktop fonts, licensing options are available for
mobile applications, e-publications and Web-enabled services, as well as for
OEMs and developers of consumer devices.
“Thanks to these premier suppliers, the choice and breadth of readily
available, premium Japanese typefaces has expanded significantly,” said John
Seguin, executive vice president of Monotype. “This is a real win for
customers worldwide, particularly those who create and share branded content
or develop products that support multiple languages. It’s all part of
providing customers what they need to ensure brand fidelity and to meet
increasingly global typeface requirements.”
“The Japanese typefaces are extremely important for global brands to have an
authentic voice in local markets,” said Alex de Jánosi, partner at Lippincott,
a global brand strategy and design consultancy. “This solves one of our pain
points in design and production – having access to high-quality, trusted
Monotype’s Japanese collection comprises a wide range of styles, including
classic Mincho and Gothic designs, featuring several weights, as well as brush
and decorative styles. Typefaces have been designed for optimal legibility and
readability for both screen and print environments, and designs are able to
complement Korean, Chinese and other language fonts that Monotype offers. In
addition, certain faces have been designated by Monotype’s foundry partners as
“universal design” fonts, which offer simplified strokes and other refinements
that help to maximize on-screen clarity.
Licenses for Web and desktop fonts are available from www.fonts.com,
www.linotype.com and direct channels, which also handle licenses for OEM
customers. Licenses for iOS®- and Android™-based mobile apps, e-publications,
and Web servers and applications are available from www.linotype.com. OEMs and
developers may also visit Monotype’s OEM Font Catalog to view the Japanese
fonts. In addition, Monotype type experts can be consulted to recommend
Japanese typefaces that best match Latin-based designs and other language
fonts, enabling a consistent appearance across multiple languages and writing
Typefaces from the following companies comprise the latest additions to
Monotype’s Japanese typeface offering:
Founded in 1920, Iwata Corp. is one of Japan’s oldest and respected type
companies, with one of the largest portfolios of high-quality Japanese fonts
designed for digital and print applications. Iwata’s font collection contains
many popular type styles and is known for excellent readability, uniformity,
tradition and attention to detail. Iwata won a Good Design Award in 2009 for
the company’s universal design fonts – strategically modified designs for user
interfaces and other on-screen uses.
JiyuKobo is a premier Japanese type foundry, established in 1989. The
company’s type designers and font engineers have developed many Mincho and
Gothic fonts with distinctive characteristics and traditional styles for use
on screen and in print. JiyuKobo received both the Type Directors Club Tokyo
Prize and Good Design Award in 2008.
Motoya Co. Ltd.
Founded in 1922, Motoya has a rich history of typeface development, from hot
metal types to phototypesetting and digital fonts for the screen. The Motoya
font library includes a diverse set of type styles to meet digital and print
requirements. Motoya’s designs are also known for their beauty and readability
Founded in 1936, Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office
imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and
IT services. The Ricoh Japanese font collection contains a versatile set of
typefaces including the popular HG Mincho and HG Gothic fonts. While Monotype
has been a long-standing supplier of Ricoh typefaces for embedded devices, the
fonts may now be licensed for desktop, Web, mobile apps, e-publications and
Tokyo-based Type Project was founded in 2001 by Isao Suzuki to focus on
original, forward-thinking type developments. Type Project’s AXIS Font® design
is a modern sans serif Japanese typeface family with high visibility and
readability characteristics, in addition to complementary Japanese and Western
characters. The AXIS Font is available in a wide range of widths and weights.
Monotype is a leading global provider of typefaces, technology and expertise
that enable the best user experience and ensure brand integrity. Based in
Woburn, Mass., Monotype provides customers worldwide with typeface solutions
for a broad range of creative applications and consumer devices. The company’s
libraries and e-commerce sites are home to many of the most widely used
typefaces – including the Helvetica®, Frutiger® and Univers® families – as
well as the next generation of type designs. Further information is available
Monotype, Helvetica and Frutiger are trademarks of Monotype Imaging Inc.
registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in
certain jurisdictions. Univers is a trademark of Monotype GmbH registered in
the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain
jurisdictions. iOS is a trademark of Cisco Systems Inc. and/or its affiliates
in the U.S. and certain other countries. iOS is used under license by Apple
Inc. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. HG Gothic, HG Maru Gothic and HG
Mincho are typefaces developed under license agreement with Ryobi Imagix Co.
and are typeface names of Ricoh Company Ltd. AXIS Font is a trademark of AXIS
Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other trademarks are
the property of their respective owners. ©2013 Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc.
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