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Chinese Pictograms: The Pictographic Evolution & Graphic Creation of Hanzi

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A concise introduction to the invention and development of Chinese characters

Chinese Pictograms breaks the boundary between culture, art, and design, integrating historical and cultural knowledge of Chinese characters with an eye towards the practice of graphic design.

Teasing out the glyphic characteristics and rules for creating different calligraphic styles, this book presents the glyphic evolution of 132 commonly used characters and analyzes a selection of more than 60 outstanding type designs by an array of contemporary designers. 

This book serves as a rich resource, enabling designers to maximize the visual and expressive value of Chinese characters. Recognizing that there's been a surge of interest in Chinese character design, this volume also aims to highlight the cultural uniqueness of Chinese characters and encourage exploration built on a solid bedrock of historical knowledge about the subject.

Published by Sendpoints, 2019

Softcover with jacket, 240 pages, full color, 8.5 × 11 inches

ISBN: 978-9-88-792849-2