Archive: Typography

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We recently came across the work of Chinese illustrator Animagis from Guangzhou. The young designer has been working as a freelancer in the city, designing imaginative scenes and short films. Having graduated from GAFA (Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts) in 2012, she has won numerous awards, one of which being the Silver Medal for Designnova China in 2012.
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Shanghai graphic designer Jiang Qinggong has spent the past 5 years researching the history of Chinese typography and recently wrote a book about his findings. There are roughly 80,000 Chinese characters in sum and about 3,500 of them are commonly used. The history of typefaces for Chinese characters can be dated back to the 7th century, when engraving typography was invented during the Sui Dynasty (581-618). According to the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Daily, there were some 420 distinct Chinese font designs by 2011.