With its thousands of glyphs, even in the most basic character set, the Chinese script is an ocean that very few designers are diving into, whether or not they are Chinese. Creating new Hanzi fonts takes a great deal of time and energy, keeping many talented designers from even attempting a Chinese design. The large character set also inhibits experimentation and focuses Chinese type creation on more conservative designs.
During AIZI, a research project led by ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne), researchers Shuhui Shi (design) and Wang Wei (engineering) worked on the possibilities offered by artificial intelligence (AI) to facilitate the creation of Hanzi fonts. During this presentation, Shi will introduce their research and discuss what AI can and cannot bring to the type design community—for Chinese specifically, but also more broadly.
The dialog will include MATD teachers who followed the project: Kai Bernau, focusing on the future of type design within the paradigm of AI, and Matthieu Cortat, examining the way AI can influence type design education. This discussion should be considered a conversation with the audience.