Japanese/Korean futura?

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Joined: 29 Jul 2009 - 12:39pm
Japanese/Korean futura?

I'm in the process of creating a masthead for a fictional magazine, and I'm using futura extra bold – All caps.
I'm translating the title in other languages, and I want to try to make a japanese and/or korean version.
The problem is that japanese kanji/katakana/hiragana are really bound to calligraphy: is it possible, in your opinion, to create a "geometric" version of them (example: ん) and maintain legibility and recognizability?

Thank you in advance,

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Joined: 13 Jul 2009 - 4:20am
Brian Jongseong Park's picture
Joined: 15 Mar 2006 - 12:53pm

Be careful. Most East Asian sans serif typefaces are most definitely not geometric.

For Korean:

http://윤체 (Yoon-che)
http://아트체 (Art-che)
http://율려 (Yullyeo)

The last of these is definitely a display face, but for a magazine masthead it should work really well.

And last but not least, the classic geometric Korean face is http://안상수체, (Ahn Sang-Soo, 1985), the eponymous design by Ahn Sang-Soo. This is also definitely a display face.

Brian Jongseong Park's picture
Joined: 15 Mar 2006 - 12:53pm

Update: The above links are out of date.

It looks like 윤체 (Yoon-che) is not being sold on its own any more, just as part of http://this huge package along with 율려 (Yullyeo), 탈윤체 (Tal-Yoon-che, a variation on Yoon-che) and scores of others.

아트체 is still sold on its own http://here.