kyoto ddd gallery The 231st Exhibition Osamu Torinoumi Making Type: Like Water, Live Air
January 15, 2022 - March 19, 2022
In addition to his work as a type designer involved in the creation of typefaces, Torinoumi, has also taught and instructed about type design at universities and private schools. In this exhibition, three of his students, Yuta Okamura, Midori Hirota, and Ryu Mieno, will be in charge of art direction, creating a space where visitors can understand typeface design in a more sensory and physical manner.
We hope that by drowning in “the sea of characters” arranged throughout the gallery, visitors will have an opportunity to reconsider Japan’s distinctive written script, something which we tend to overlook in our daily lives. For us, these characters are indeed akin to “water“ and “air.“
January 15 - Maech 19, 2022
Opening hours 11:00—19:00
Until 18:00 on Saturdays
Closed Sundays, Mondays and public holidays
Osamu Torinoumi. Born in Yamagata Prefecture in 1955. Grew up at the foot of Mount Chokai. Type designer. After graduating from Tama Art University, he joined Shaken Co., Ltd. in 1979, and in 1989, he founded JIYUKOBO Ltd. with Tsutomu Suzuki and Keiichi Katada, and was its president from 1998 to 2019. He was commissioned to produce such works as the Hiragino series and Koburina Gothic for SCREEN Graphic Solutions. At the same time, he has been involved in the development of more than 100 basic typefaces for his own brand, such as Yu Mincho and Yu Gothic for the Yu Typeface Library. He received the first Keinosuke Sato Award in 2002, the GOOD DESIGN AWARD in 2005, and the Tokyo TDC Type Design Prize in 2008. From 2007 to 2017, he taught and supervised type design at Kyoto Seika University. Currently, he is the president of the private school Mojijuku, and an adjunct lecturer at Musashino Art University.
SCREEN Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd.