Japanese Company Turns Font Types into Glasses

Glasses from Japan inspired by fond types

A Japanese company has designed glasses based on famous fonts

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The newly designed glasses, called TYPE are based on Helvetica and Garamond for now, but more fonts may follow later. Each font is represented in light, regular and bold weights, creating a total of six designs.

Glasses from Japan inspired by fond types

The company explains its reasoning in almost poetic form:

You are a character.
You have a voice and style.
You are straight. Or you’re odd.
You’re classic or complicated or light or clunky or simple.
And you are what you are and that’s good.
Because that makes your type the type we like.

To add some extra character, TYPE glasses are available in black, tortoise and clear frames.

Glasses from Japan inspired by fond types

The glasses really do look like the fonts they are named for. The characters of the fonts are clearly visible in the spines, bridge, temples, and fronts of the frames.

Glasses from Japan inspired by fond types

It is so well-done actually that you wonder why this was never done before. Now that these glasses exist it seems so obvious to transfer the design of a font to them, or any other item that shares aspects with a font (legs, round forms, endings, etc).

The innovation is not restricted to the design. You can order the glasses online and try them at home for five days, allowing you to take your time and seek the opinion of friends and family. They will also be available at the large Ohmy Glasses chain and at a pop-up store at VACANT in Tokyo’s Harajuku district (Jan 31~Feb 2 | location).

TYPE goes on sale from January 30, but for now only in Japan. One more reason to plan a trip to Japan soon!

What other fonts do you think should be used?

Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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Comment (日本語もOK)

Gah! These are so cool! I’d love a pair of the clear frames. It’s hard to find glasses that are simple yet sleek; most are covered with logos, ick.

Jan 23, 2014 (3601 days ago)

@Emma: Glad you like them, Emma. I am a glasses person myself and these designs inspire me. I hope they lead to more exciting designs (at affordable prices).

Kjeld Duits (author)
Jan 23, 2014 (3601 days ago)

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