The Chinese Type Archive
Synoptic Office will introduce their recently launched Chinese Type Archive, a volunteer-run, open data resource aiming to help designers looking to use Chinese typography in their work.
The archive uses a broad collections approach with the aim of capturing design history and fostering the dialogue, use, and evolution of Chinese typography in a globalized context. Because many historic Chinese typefaces were un-named or named after the printer, the archive includes conventional names and more importantly, stable identifiers to help designers differentiate and use them with more ease. The archive also includes links to resources in libraries and a growing database of evolving typographic concepts.
This presentation serves as both an introduction and an invitation to the global type community to participate in the dialog around Chinese type.
- Caspar Lam
- YuJune Park
- Mac Wang
- Stephanie Winarto
- Chinese Type Archive
- Paul Shaw, “Stereo Types” (on cultural stereotypes in typefaces), Print, 2009
- Scott Minick & Hao Ping’s Chinese Graphic Design in the Twentieth Century
- Tsuen-Hsuin Tsien’s Collected Writings on Chinese Culture
- Wang Xiaofeng’s Chinese and Latin Typography
- Tony Palmer’s The Practice of Chinese Typography
(Movie on Chinese typography)
- Kit Lin Liu’s Chinese Typographers (Chinese Only)
- The Type (Chinese Only)
- Zhu Jieying’s Meishuzi jifa (Chinese Only)