Display Type Design

Type Electives Display Type, Spring 2023

Black Beruto

by Masahiro Naruse

In the current Asian-referenced fonts, lots of them are overly triangular/boxy, or heavily rely on brush strokes. On the other hand, many Asian businesses use typical Latin fonts for modern presentations.

This typeface was made in a sense of not overly exotic, modern style font that referenced Asian calligraphy. This is possibly be used for restaurants, hospitality services, and martial art studios.

“Black Beruto” is a translation of black belt in Japanese, and is a certification for fighters in East Asian martial arts. The name represents its bold, punchy, yet flexible character.

In the process, I referenced two images:

  1. A modern style Chinese character that is very thick and eliminated unnecessary brush texture

  2. A traditional Japanese display type called Yose-moji/Edo-moji. It’s also very thick, but has curvy element and very thin strokes as a spice.







Masahiro Naruse

Masahiro Naruse is a designer who specialized in typography, web design, and advertising. Based in NYC.

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