Collection of Research on Chinese Typography (中文文字设计研究选集)


A three-volume collection of on-going research and writing about typography and design in China. Includes coverage of typography and design's history and development, conventions and contemporary practices, as well as applications in transcultural contexts.

This set has been produced by The Type (Type is Beautiful), an online platform that has promoted an awareness of typography and design to the Chinese-speaking public for over ten years. The Type introduces Western typographic theories and knowledge to its readers, conducts independent research on Chinese typography, and aims to address both typography education in China and the lack of exchange Chinese designers have typically had with the international community of designers.

This compact set includes:

Shanghai Type: A Slice of Modern Chinese Type History

The development of Chinese type design since the foundation of the People’s Republic in 1949 has cast a significant influence on contemporary practice. Yet this history has remained as much a mystery to the outside world as to local designers. This volume, based on designer Li Zhiqian's Shanghai Type research project, illuminates a portion of modern Chinese type design's history—tracing how it began as a groundbreaking state-initiated endeavor, and then gradually was transformed, fading in the age of commercialization. Consultant: Chen Qirui. Edited by Richor Wang.

Transcultural Type Design: a Dialogue from China

Among Chinese-speaking designers, discourse around transcultural typography is still in its infancy. This volume is the record of the first of a series of open discussions moderated by The Type, which addresses both this global trend as well as the debate and strategies that are specific to the Chinese context. Moderated by Mira Yang, with panelists Peiran Tan, Li Zhiqian, Zheng Chuyang, Du Xiyao, Tien-min Liao, and Roman Wilhelm.

Kǒngquè: Restoring the Mindset of Chinese Typesetting

The convention and wisdom of Chinese typography that was developed over centuries has failed to be inherited by designers today. This is caused partially by the domination of Latin-orientated computer software, coupled with negligence in Chinese design education. The Kǒngquè project aims to fill this gap by revisiting the typographic traditions of China in the modern context and restoring the traditions and mindset of native Chinese typography. By Eric Liu.

Editor-in-Chief: Rex Chen
Series Editor: Mira Ying
Translators: Hui Jing, Peiran Tan

Designed by Atmosphere Office

Published by The Type, 2020
Bilingual, text in English and Chinese

3 volumes: (Shanghai Type) 116 pages, with 2-color 7.5 × 11 inch mini-poster / (Transcultural Type Design) 122 pages / (Kǒngquè) 104 pages, b&w, 4.3 × 5.75 inches

ISBN: 978-1-91-624848-0-7

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