TDC Awards

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2022 TDC Awards - Typeface Design


Agency Hisashi Iwai / Tokyo


Single Typeface

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Japanese texts have always been written in a vertical direction since their beginning. Uwabami follows the tradition and is designed exclusively for vertical typesetting. Each character included in Uwabami conforms to the size/proportion of the historical form of Kana and is placed in a proportional body. By designing beyond the space of the body, the neighboring characters may be overlayed by chance, which adds a distinct personality to the composition. Uwabami's character set mainly utilizes Hentaigana, kana that are marginally used today. While this renders the characters almost indecipherable to most modern people, this striking feature helps achieve a unique, archaic flair. Some characters have alternate forms that automatically switch depending on the previous characters. Uwabami is also equipped with abundant ligatures for aesthetic enhancement. These factors diversify character shapes and lead to a richer typesetting experience.

2022 Awards

Total Points: 20

TDC Winner


Type Foundry

Hisashi Iwai / Tokyo

Type Designer

Hisashi Iwai
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