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


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

 

 

‘moon’ character
image courtesy noma bar

 

 

‘tree’ character
image courtesy noma bar

 

 

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

 

 

but wherever he went, fires started around him

 

 

soon, the whole forest was burning
image 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 life
image courtesy noma bar

 

 

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

 

 

the end
images courtesy noma bar

 

 

h/t wired

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