Ryoichi Tsunekawa first took an interest in abstract art and design as a young man in Nagoya, Japan. Following his extensive college studies for an Architecture major and a Master of Arts degree, his career initially took him down the path toward graphic design and architecture.

While working in the field, Ryoichi could often been seen browsing foundry catalogs for fonts, but whenever he was unable to find exactly what he needed for a project, he chose to create his own from scratch. Being fascinated with typefaces ever since he studied architecture at university, about twenty years ago, type design seemed a natural fit.

Ryoichi’s personal foundry label is Dharma Type, although he’s also released type designs under Flat-it, Holiday Type, and Prop-a-ganda. He seeks to maintain a balance between innovation and application, creating type designs to suit the varied needs of designers around the world.

One of his latest releases is Calling Code, a font that Ryoichi crafted because he felt there needed to be a greater diversity in monospaced type. “My intention was a balance and compatibility between cuteness and distinguishability,” he told us, a goal he certainly achieved in the friendly demeanor of Calling Code. The project took about a year to complete, and Ryoichi especially enjoyed the testing stage, a period that’s just plain fun for him because the bulk of the design work is complete.

Calling Code’s structure is clean and modern, with a subtle warmth that makes it “a very nice monospaced font,” indeed. Calling Code is charismatic and affable, offering clear legibility even in small point, and without any rigidity. The slightly condensed structure makes the most of limited of space and it breathes new life into classic monospaced architecture. Calling Code is an ideal choice for programming and software applications, web content, mobile apps, computer games, and any publishing project geared toward the themes of computers or technology.

Calling Code is available in Regular and Bold weights, with corresponding italics for each. It offers a host of additional features that include contextual alternates, case sensitive forms, discretionary ligatures, fractions, numerators, denominators, subscript, superscript, and ordinals for great versatility. Multilingual support includes Basic Latin, Western European, Euro, Catalan, Baltic, Turkish, Central European, Romanian, Pan African Latin, Afrikaans, and Basic Greek for global accessibility.

If you’re curious to try Calling Code, you can download the Regular weight for free!


Ryoichi Tsunekawa offers more than 100 products on YouWorkForThem, a strong and varied portfolio that offers something for just about any kind of design project. We always love seeing his new work, so bookmark his portfolio to watch for new additions!