The formation of “New” kana written holizontly

— Shinsekai Type Kenkyukai

TDC Prize


The formation of “New” kana written holizontly 

Hiragana (Japanese monosyllabic characters) was created by simplifying vertically-written Chinese characters; therefore, hiragana naturally has the motion of vertical writing (strokes). Currently, however, not only websites but also most company brochures and documents to be submitted to government offices are written horizontally. The horizontal writing of hiragana, which has the stroke characteristics of vertical writing, is something that could not be assumed when hiragana was created.
Then, how would hiragana appear if it was created using the strokes of horizontal writing? This project was designed to review kana formation from a horizontal writing viewpoint and to develop new “kana letters for horizontal writing.”
We are very happy to receive an award for this parallel universe-like typeface R&D and, at the same time, we are very excited to know that the scope of TDC review has extended to such a parallel universe.

Shinsekai Type Kenkyukai

Shinsekai Type Kenkyukai
This is a group aimed at studying the possibility of typeface from the perspectives of graphical ideas, histories, and technical matters, as well as conducting the R&D of “contemporary typefaces” and the “future of typeface.”

Yoshihide Okazawa is a font designer; joined Jiyu-Kobo in 1994; participated in the development of “Hiragino Family,” “Yutsuki Midashi Mincho-style typeface,” and “Hiragino UD Family,” etc.; established Yokokaku in 2009; and released “Kodomo-no Ji,” “Doro-no Ji,” and “Dot-no Ji.” http://yokokaku.jp/

Tetsuya Tsukada and Hidechika established the Dainippon Type Organization in 1993. This experimental typography group seeks a new concept for typefaces by disassembling, combining, and restructuring letters. Its works include Type Card Play Book and Dainippon Ji. http://dainippon.type.org/