Tag Archives: Akira Kobayashi

Japanese Garden Ornaments

This post is part of a daily series that adds one ornament per day to our blog, up till the new year.


Although we primarily know him as the designer of modern classics, Akira Kobayashi’s foray in dingbat territory sees him pouring his Japanese cultural heritage into a collection of enchanting ornaments.

The Ornament Series is produced collaboratively by David Sudweeks and Yves Peters.

FF Clifford and Trio Grotesk

FF Clifford, Trio Grotesk

Maybe the clearest lesson to take from this particular pairing is that generously spaced, wide sanses tend to dominate the composition, typographically speaking. Providing a closer look at this interaction are our actors, the even-colored and very readable FF Clifford by Akira Kobayashi, and the softened, cartographically inspired Trio Grotesk by Florian Schick.

FF Clifford, Trio Grotesk

As with any of these, a good place to start is to line up a few words and see what’s working, and what each face is good for.

Trio Grotesk, FF Clifford

FF Clifford, Trio Grotesk

Below, the different optical sizes of FF Clifford are shown in relation to one another: Eighteen, Nine, and Six. And if you’re wondering, all samples are set on a 6 pt baseline grid.

FF Clifford optical sizes

New Great Pairs land here on the blog every Wednesday.