YING, Mira; CHEN, Rex
Collection of Research on Chinese Typography
As the earliest and leading research & culture project about typography & graphic design culture in the Chinese speaking world, The Type has pioneered reports, dialogues and research since 2007. It is now launching its first bilingual publication (English & Chinese), Collection of Research on Chinese Typography, a three-volume bundle that aims to introduce the international audience into Chinese typography from the insider’s perspective.
Titled "Shanghai Type: a slice of modern Chinese type history", the first booklet provides a historic overview of state-sponsored type-founding practices in Shanghai since the 1940s. Calling for a re-establishment of the Chinese aesthetic standard in typography, the second booklet "Kongquè: restoring the mindset of Chinese typesetting" excavates Chinese typographic traditions that had been forgotten in recent decades and brings them to the digital era. The third booklet "Transcultural Type Design: a dialogue from China" records a panel discussion between typographers and designers, both domestic and overseas, about design contexts and strategies in an increasingly multicultural world.[publisher's note]