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Chinese All Over Chinese

The Chinese script is famed for its vast number of glyphs and complex ‘squarish’ constructs. But what will happen if we stack all the Chinese characters on top of one another? Will we simply get a big black chunk? In this presentation, we will demonstrate our quirky and experimental attempt to stack Chinese characters on top of each other, using existing fonts and our own frame of analysis. Different Chinese typefaces give surprisingly different results, and can in part reflect the history and development of Chinese writing. They also offer fresh perspectives for Chinese type design and can potentially be used to form an evaluation system for Chinese typefaces. Additionally, this talk will probe into other scripts derived from Hanzi, such as Kana, Hangul, Tangut and Nüshu.


Xiangdong Zeng