Toshi Omagari is a type designer born in Japan. After graduating from Musashino Art University in Tokyo, he went on to study typeface design at the University of Reading in 2010–2011. Since then, he has been working full-time as a typeface designer at Monotype in London. He won the 2014 Modern Cyrillic competition with Marco, the TDC Certificate of Excellence in Type Design 2014 for Metro Nova, and Greek 1st prize in Granshan competition for Neue Haas Unica.
Toshi also translates typographical contents of all kinds of media to Japanese, such as Fred Smeijers’s Counterpunch, Doug Wilson’s Linotype: the film, and Georg Seifert’s font editor Glyphs.
BITS & Pieces 2017 Conference
October 29, 2017.
1.00 pm. - 3.00 pm.
at W Hotel
“Type is For Everyone”
Traditionally speaking, typefaces were tools only available to professionals. Since the advent of computers and especially smartphones, everyone has been able to use fonts. Well, not everyone, because not all writing systems are digitally available. Google and Monotype have an ongoing collaboration project called Noto fonts, in which they try to make every single font designed at a good standard and available as open source. In this presentation, Toshi discusses the challenges of the project through his contributions to it.