“As Neue Frutiger does, Tazugane Gothic’s characters preserve the sense of natural and human balance,” says Kobayashi, whose own experience collaborating with Frutiger was a key part of the design process.
The first Japanese typeface from Monotype is a humanist sans serif, designed to work in partnership with Neue Frutiger. Tazugane Gothic sets out to introduce a new typographic standard, allowing designers to comfortably set Latin and Japanese characters alongside one another while maintaining visual harmony.
The Tazugane Gothic typeface aims to resolve some of the current challenges faced by designers, who often set English and Japanese words in different typefaces that can create uncomfortable contrasts. Akira Kobayashi, the lead designer on the project, was first encouraged to make Tazugane after seeing road signs that featured awkward typographic pairings – for example Japanese set in square sans serifs with large counters, used alongside English set in Helvetica, with condensed and tightly spaced letters.
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