Mariko Takagi is a typographer, book designer and author of numerous books on Japanese culture and typography. After studying graphic design at Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany, she started her own business, “mikan – Konzeption und Gestaltung”. She has been researching Japanese and Chinese typography since 2008. Her doctoral thesis in 2012 at the HBK Braunschweig, Germany, was dedicated to the visual encounter between the West and Japan writing systems and typography. In 2014, she also completed a master’s degree in type design at Reading University, UK.
Mariko Takagi lived and worked as a professor in Hong Kong from 2010 to 2016, where she taught at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. Since April 2017, Takagi has been teaching and researching as a professor specializing in typography and book design at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto. She has received numerous awards for her books and design work from the Stiftung Buchkunst, red dot, iF Design, ADC, and other organizations.