Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Spring 2016

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In

Art

First Advisor

Ab Gratama

Abstract

The interests in the similarities and differences between Chinese characters and English words lead me to study how various shapes between two languages will affect designs significantly. The curiosity inspired the development of making these two different language forms appear more aesthetically compatible. Moreover, from questioning the characteristics of Chinese and English, I developed interest in recreating a new multi-purpose visual language system which can be read in both Chinese and English without losing any character's original form. Through out my study, I rediscover the meaning and origin behind Chinese and English character, rethink the history and explore the formation of the characters. The interactions between oriental and occidental letters create a new series of forms that serves as a bridge between the visual and the verbal, and brought a fresh visual language to the surrounding world.

Public Abstract

The interests in the similarities and differences between Chinese characters and English words lead me to study how various shapes between two languages will affect designs significantly. The curiosity inspired the development of making two different languages’ forms appear more aesthetically compatible. Moreover, from questioning the characteristics of Chinese and English, I developed interests in recreating a new multipurpose visual language system which can be read in both Chinese and English without losing any character’s original form. Through out my study, I rediscovered the meaning and origin behind Chinese and English character, explored the history of the characters. The interactions between oriental and occidental letters created a new series of forms that serves as a bridge between the visual and the verbal, and brought a fresh visual language to the surrounding world.

Keywords

publicabstract, design, typography

Pages

vi, 51

Copyright

Copyright 2016 Huangyuying Zheng

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Art Practice Commons

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