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What is the Biwa™ font?

Biwa is a new straight-sided family of formally nuanced grotesk typefaces. Biwa’s lighter weights feel subdued, cool in tone, and neutral, while the heavier weights are more robust and full of personality.
Developed over the past few years by Ian Lynam and James Todd, the 14-member Biwa family and the accompanying 14-member Biwa Display family are paeans to the immediate moment when phototype arrived on the global scene — partially smooth and partially machined. Biwa and Biwa Display are neutral in tone, have enlarged x-heights, and look amazing on-screen and in print. More…
Each weight is designed to be highly readable in print and on-screen. The italic variations are true italics, having a single-storied italic a and have been designed for smooth, fluid reading and text-setting. Lovingly spaced and kerned, the Biwa family works equally well for text typesetting and for display design work.
Languages supported include Western European, Central, and South European as well as Vietnamese.
The entire family is comprised of a range of weights and a matching display family that features rounded terminals for large-scale display work.
An agate version of Biwa Black is provided for free.

Biwa™ Font families

The Biwa™ includes the following font families:

  • Biwa Thin
  • Biwa Thin Italic
  • Biwa Light
  • Biwa Light Italic
  • Biwa Regular
  • Biwa Regular Italic
  • Biwa Medium
  • Biwa Medium Italic
  • Biwa Bold
  • Biwa Bold Italic
  • Biwa Black
  • Biwa Black Italic
  • Biwa Agate Black
  • Biwa Ultra
  • Biwa Ultra Italic
  • Biwa Display Thin
  • Biwa Display Thin Italic
  • Biwa Display Light
  • Biwa Display Light Italic
  • Biwa Display Regular
  • Biwa Display Regular Italic
  • Biwa Display Medium
  • Biwa Display Medium Italic
  • Biwa Display Bold
  • Biwa Display Bold Italic
  • Biwa Display Black
  • Biwa Display Black Italic
  • Biwa Display Ultra
  • Biwa Display Ultra Italic

Biwa™ Preview

Here is a preview of how Biwa™ will look. For more previews using your own text as an example, click here.

Is Biwa™ Free to Download?

No. This is a premium font that you can download from Please don't waste your time looking for a free download of Biwa™ as you just won't find it.

It's highly unlikely that this font can be found for free on the web. If you do, then potentially you'll risk getting viruses on your computer. One thing to remember is that it's illegal to use this font if you didn't pay for it!

Do the right thing. If you want Biwa™ then click here to visit the download and purchase page on MyFonts to get it with the proper license. The designer and publisher deserves to be paid for their hard work. :)