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4–7 September, 2019

Friday, 6 September | | Miraikan Hall

Talk | Presented in Japanese

Type. My Life.

Nobuo Morisawa, Akihiko Morisawa’s grandfather, was an inventor. In 1924, he co-invented phototypesetting. He theorized that Japanese could be typeset in an entirely monospaced way, and he successfully mechanized the technique. The Q and Ha units (0.25 mm) that were made in the process instead of points remain vital in Japanese typesetting to this day. He dedicated himself to the popularization of phototypesetting in Japan and to quality typeface design. Since joining Morisawa, Akihiko has followed in the footsteps of his forerunners, including Nobuo, and has helped spread digital fonts in Japan. This talk surveys a hundred years of the peculiar history of Japanese typesetting from the perspectives of both Nobuo’s eventful life and Akihiko’s.