Wilson Rowe from Beijing has reinterpreted traditional Chinese characters into a modern typeface, with references to the past and the current ‘simplified’ Chinese in use around mainland China.
EightSix caught up with the talented Chinese typographer, Cai Peng to have a short talk about his influences and the future of Chinese typography.Can you tell me about about yourself?
I was born in 1985 in Beijing. I studied both graphic design with a specialism in font design and graduated from the Beijing University of Technology in 2006. Since then I have been awarded the Annual Excellence Award of Tokyo Type Directors Club and have established my own lab/studio in 2013. Choi System Studio is my current focus, and we concentrate on graphic design, font design and research.
Wei Liu is a Chinese graphic designer from Beijing who recently worked on ‘Thread Revolution’, an illustrated book and invite for an exhibition. He is also a talented typographer and works under the name of moo-design.
Wang Xingtao is part of Damabrand in Jilin, China. Part of his work involves bringing back the craft into his typography, by working with wooden presses and local craftsmen. This is a radical change from a lot of Chinese typographers, a lot of which is primarily all digital. Whilst his style is still traditional, subtle modern touches are apparent.