chineasy visual language illustrations by noma bar + shao lan chineasy visual language illustrations by noma bar + shao lan
apr 29, 2013

chineasy visual language illustrations by noma bar + shao lan

‘chineasy’ visual language illustrations by noma bar + shao lan‘mouth’ characterimage courtesy noma bar

 

 

taiwanese artist shao lan has developed ‘chineasy’, a method which allows non-chinese readers to learn the written language by understanding the basic letter-form and meaning in a visual manner. once a few groups of primary cornerstone chinese characters known as radicals can be recognized, users are then able to combine the symbols and easily learn dozens of additional shapes and expressions.

 

by repeating this ‘recognize and combine’ process , one can quickly learn several hundred characters in a surprisingly short time. shao lan collaborated with london-based design firm brave new world and israeli illustrator noma bar to create eight different basic radicals, then expanded by integrating them into pictographic stories. for more information on the initiative, visit the ‘chineasy’ website, to see other vocabulary combinations and variations.

 

 

‘mountain’ characterimage courtesy noma bar

 

 

‘moon’ characterimage courtesy noma bar

 

 

‘tree’ characterimage courtesy noma bar

 

 

at sunrise, a young person went walking in the woodsimage courtesy noma bar

 

 

but wherever he went, fires started around him

 

 

soon, the whole forest was burningimage courtesy noma bar

 

 

as punishment, the gods ordered him to go to the holy mountain and remain there as a prisoner for the rest of his lifeimage courtesy noma bar

 

 

the flames around him got hotter and hotter until eventually the mountain erupted into a volcanoimages courtesy noma bar

 

 

the endimages courtesy noma bar

 

 

h/t wired

  • nice 😀

    ivan says:
  • It’s great to see such an incredible creativity coming out of China right now! Chinese designers have a knack for being able to modernize all aspects of their history, whether it is product or graphic design. One thing that make Chinese design so distinctive is that heritage is a deeply intertwined part of Chinese design in all facets. You can read more about how space and furniture design has actually deeply intertwined with my heritage here

    Stephany Zoo says:
  • Where can I find an illustrated book teaching the full range of this method?

    Don Shea says:
  • Chineasy book that is.

    Don Shea says:

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