Akira Kobayashi studied at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, then took a calligraphy course at the London College of Printing. He took Best of Category and Best of Show for Clifford in the 1998 U&lc magazine type design competition. Kobayashi was awarded first prize, text category, for Conrad in Linotype Library’s Third International Digital Type Design Contest. He took honors in the TDC type design competitions in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001 — for ITC Woodland, ITC Japanese Garden and ITC Silvermoon, FF Clifford, and Linotype Conrad, respectively. Since May 2001, Kobayashi has served as Type Director for Linotype Library GmbH.