The digital age has sharpened both focus on and interest in Asian culture and its various languages across the region. As a follow-up to the original release in 2015, Hanzi Kanji Hanja 2 examines more than 100 projects that give this ancient type form a fresh and modern facelift.
The main focus is on Han characters, which are applied in Chinese, Japanese and Korean contexts respectively as three branches of the same written system, and which are becoming more than text-based communication devices. Text character structures can now be utilised as flexible design elements that bring abstract visual concepts to life in breaking the barriers between the East and the West.
Like its predecessor, this book comprises logotypes and their applications to offer readers a closer insight into the art of the strokes, as well as a showcase of brand identities, posters, packaging, advertisements and the like – expanded further with case studies and interviews to serve as an inspiring reference point for designers of all cultures.
Victionary, 304pp, 25.5cm x 18.9cm, paperback, 2022
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