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印刷史をふりかえると、印刷技術の変化が、常に新しい文字表現を生んできたことがわかる。活版印刷、写真植字の時代を経てDTP が普及した現在、コンピュータならではの新しい文字表現が生まれる土壌は整ったといえる。



慶應義塾大学大学院 政策・メディア研究科 2003年度 修士論文
Kohji Robert Yamamoto

Development of KANA typeface generated using stroke data for print media

Abstract of Master’s Thesis Academic

Today, Improvement in quality of both computer software and hardware made DTP (desktop publishing) as computer-aided printing technology popular in printing industry in Japan.

Printing history shows that, changes in the printing technology give rise to a new typography. After the time of letterpress or phototypesetting, in these years DTP spreads throughout printing industry, it have the ability to create new typographic expression. The handwriting character written by the Japanese brush has various expressions. For example, a repetition of gently-sloping size, the natural-connection by the slash on either side, etc. However, when letterpress printing was introduced in Japan, such character expression was lost in the print media for mainly the economical reason.

In this study, I aim to introduce the expression element which handwriting character originally has into the typeface of the print media by using computer. In particular, the new KANA style of handwriting by which a typeface generated dinamically at the same time it puts a character in order with the stroke data on a character and the up-and-down motion data of an virtual brush. By this method, a form changes depending on an order relation and expression of the kana character which has a peculiar form with the position in a text is attained.

Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance
Master’s Thesis Academic 2003
Kohji Robert Yamamoto

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