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Collection of Research on Chinese Typography


The Type has been promoting public awareness of typography and design in the Chinese community for over ten years. Whether it is introducing Western typography theories and knowledge, or conducting independent research on Chinese typography in recent years, we are often concerned about the inadequate typography education in China as well as the lack of exchange we have with the international community. Chinese typography is not easy to tackle, but we believe that, by more self-initiated and open research, we are able to address our challenges under a global perspective and invite more discussions and breakthroughs to the field.

So here is a three-volume collection of our on-going research and dialogues about typography and design in China, including its history and development, conventions and contemporary practice, and working in transcultural contexts.


Shanghai Type: a slice of modern Chinese type history

The development of Chinese type design since the foundation of the People’s Republic in 1949 cast significant influence to its contemporary developments. Yet it has remained as much a mystery to the outside world as to local designers. Thanks to the research throughout the Shanghai Type project, we attempt to illustrate a slice of the history of how modern Chinese type design began as a groundbreaking state-initiated endeavour, and then gradually faded in the age of market and commercialisation.


Transcultural Type Design: a dialogue from China

Among the Chinese-speaking designers, discourse around transcultural typography is still in its infancy. This small volume is the record of the first of a series of open discussions moderated by us, to address this global trend as well as the debate and strategies that come along in the Chinese context.


Kǒngquè: restoring the mindset of Chinese typesetting

The convention and wisdom of Chinese typography that was developed over centuries has failed to be inherited by designers today. This is caused partially by the Latin-orientated computer softwares and the negligence in the Chinese design education. Kǒngquè project aims to fill this gap by revisiting the typographic traditions in China in the modern context and restoring a mindset of native Chinese typography.

Price: £21 / ¥200

ISBN 978-1-9162848-0-7

Publisher: The Type

Languages: English and Chinese

Size: 105mm × 145mm, soft back

Pages: 116+106+122, 3-volume bundle

Paper: Munken Lynx + Munken Print White

Design: Atmosphere Office

Editor-in-Chief: Rex Chen

Series Editor: Mira Ying

Translators: Hui Jing, Peiran Tan

Shanghai Type

Research Lead: Li Zhiqian

Consultant: Chen Qirui

Editor: Richor Wang

Transcultural Type Design

Moderator: Mira Ying

Panelists: Peiran Tan, Li Zhiqian, Zheng Chuyang, Du Xiyao, Tien-min Liao, Roman Wilhelm


Author: Eric Liu

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Collection of Research on Chinese Typography

The Type 一直在中文圈推动公众对文字设计的认知。从最初引介西方字体排印理论和知识,到近年来推动中文字体领域的独立研究,我们愈加意识到国内文字设计基础教育还很匮乏,与国际相关领域的交流渠道也比较单一。虽然中文设计是一个较难入门的领域,但我们相信,进行更自主、更公开的研究、并且将中文设计面临的挑战放到全球视角下共同探讨,能为我们自己的文字设计带来更多突破。

这三本口袋书,便是 The Type 正在进行的多个中文设计研究项目的选集,话题包括了中文字体设计历史与发展、中文排版传统与当代实践、以及中文语境下对跨文化设计的讨论。手册最初以英文版的形式,由团队介绍给国际字体大会中的与会者,后引起中西方设计师共同的兴趣,因此制作成中英双语版,以独立艺术书的形式发行,提供给需要的读者。

Shanghai Type: a slice of modern Chinese type history



Transcultural Type Design: a dialogue from China



Kǒngquè: restoring the mindset of Chinese typesetting



价格:¥200 / £21

ISBN 978-1-9162848-0-7

出版:The Type


规格:105mm × 145mm 平装


纸张:Munkun Lynx + Munken Print White


主编:Rex Chen

系列编辑:Mira Ying

翻译:Hui Jing, 谭沛然




编辑:Richor Wang


讨论主持:Mira Ying



作者:Eric Liu

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