You may not have heard much about Chinese typography in the grand scheme of things. Why would we? It deals with a set of characters that we don’t really have to worry about. But with the emergence of Chinese design, from architecture to illustration, Chinese typographers are exploring the world of characters beyond SimHei and Adobe Unicode. Chinese characters encompass much more than just words.
Chinese designers do not have a clear identity yet, and are exploring, abstracting and experimenting with their character set. We run through EightSix’s list of top 10 Chinese typographers below
Chinese designer Lok Ng from Guangzhou has a very fluid and organic style of work, whilst incorporating strong typography. More of Lok Ng here.
Archer Zuo is one of the most prolific and competent Chinese typographers, having created his own typeset called ‘Funger Hei’, designing over 6000 characters and an English version. More on Archer Zuo here.
We featured Veiray Zhang on EightSix almost a year ago with his illustrations of children. He recently completed a series of typographical works about his memories of Shanghai.
Socean from Hunan is a multi-talented designer who crafts everything from typography to illustrations. More of his typography can be seen here.
Xiao Ma has been experimenting with type and characters since graduating from University. Xiao Ma is a great example of some of the advancements in graphic design from Shenzhen. For more of his work, visit EightSix here.
Another design studio from Shenzhen this time from the design studio of Xia XiaoJing. Xia runs Super Mary design studio with Wang Yue and Yang Tao. Their studio outputs everything from album cover designs to print designs and you can see their work here.
Beijing based Chinese designer JiaJia Zhang is only 22 years old, but has an accomplished portfolio of typographic work. More here.
Cai Peng from Beijing is a Chinese graphic designer who graduated only 5 years ago and has been working for Molecule studio since. View more work here.
CMYKer from Nanjing is a Chinese designer who possesses a very strong portfolio of work from type design to illustration. View more of his work here.
Cheng Linyue (no site) is a young typographer from Beijing, with a minimalist aesthetic. You can see some of his work here.
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