Ambivalentopia: New song, new visual
My new song/visual “Ambivalentopia” is on Youtube:
Teaching activity, at a distance
I have been teaching multilingual typography and book design in the framework of the Editorial Design Master program at
Dortmund University of Applied Sciences (FH Dortmund)
Prof. Sabine an Huef (Buchlabor)
in the 2020/21 winter term. Now, I have switched to basic courses in typography and layout for 1st year students at
Hildesheim University of Applied Science and Art (HAWK Hildesheim) Faculty of Design
in support of
Prof. Alessio Leonardi
. The pandemic has turned me into a full-fledged Zoom potatoe, but experience is good, much better than I thought. And Erasmus+ teaching mobilities still work, as I was lucky to find out holding two online lectures on multilingual typography and Bauhaus at the
Art Academy of Latvia (LMA)
Prof. Guntars Sietiņš
The Type (editors): Collection of Research on Chinese Typography (中文文字设计研究选集)
Friends of typography and culture: Here is a new triptych on the Chinese type cosmos, edited and published by The Type (formerly Type Is Beautiful) in Shanghai.
Get your copy here.
I had the honor of contributing to this project.
AR Laowai Sung (文鼎老外宋) on Fontstand
My Chinese–Latin font
AR Laowai Sung (文鼎老外宋) is available on Fontstand
along with many other font families of the Arphic Design Collection. On
Fontstand, you have three hours for free testing, then you can ‘rent’ the font for a month or longer and spend a fraction of the normal price
. Apart from that, I strongly recommend Fontstand as an outstanding source for decent type matching in multilingual typography. If you are working on short-term projects, such as I did with the 2018 Executuve Summary of the
World Inequality Report (Chinese, Arabic, and Hindi versions)
, Fontstand helps you make your favorite font selections affordable.
Multilingual typography workshops and presentation, Hof University
On January 14–15, 2020, I held two one-day classes and a talk at
Münchberg Media Design Campus, Hof University of Applied Sciences
, on multilingual typography. The students experimented with multilingual signage systems on the backdrop of the coming semester exhibition, including Korean, Chinese, Arabic, Hindi and German. I am always excited to contribute a spark of multilingual, trans-cultural design to existing projects.
New collaboration with Type is Beautiful (China)
Since 2018, I am a contributor to iconic Chinese typography forum
Type is Beautiful
, a group of type experts mainly located in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Japan. Apart from their impressing online activities, they managed to write/translate and publish books, co-conduct seminars and events both in Asia and Europe and even produce type merchandise. The first result of our collaboration is
part one of an article on the theory of transcultural type design and typography—aethestic, conceptual, and methodological approaches (original title: 《一次关于跨文化文字设计的讨论（一）：审美、理念与思路》)
. The article is published in Chinese, however please note that an English version is under preparation and to follow soon.
At Braunschweig University of Art (HBK) for 12 months
From October 2018 until September 2019, I am a
substitute professor of typography
Braunschweig University of Art (HBK)
. It feels truly great to have this opportunity. I am preparing a detailed record of these two semesters.
Glad to annouce I will once more be an
speaker this year in Antwerp. My topic is
Plantijn’s Biblia Polyglotta and Belgium from the perspective of multilingual typography
. The talk will be held on Friday, September 14, 11:20, at Arenberg Theater. I can’t wait to be around and meet all those typeheads again. For those unable to come, I am sure videos of all presentations will be provided after the event.
Hong Kong Street Face 香港馬路體（港街黑）out on 3type
“Hong Kong Street Face”, the Chinese name being “香港馬路體” or “港街黑”
, has now been released by
3type, a typical and atypical type foundry based in Shanghai
, who offer a type-on-demand licensing model. Chinese font development being a very long and complex process, this practice eases the commercial aspects of a foundry, and helps at meking the fonts be used whereever needed.
946 Latin font family
My first large-scale font family, 946 Latin, a techno-style constructed sans-serif with 75 weights (a variation font soon to follow),
is now available on Fontspring.
Workshops in Leipzig and Klaipėda
fount magazine 2 – connect
Yasemin Fakili and I wrote an article on cultural aspects of multilingual typography for
fount magazine issue 2 – connect
. You can
order a copy at the fount shop
3Type Type School, Shanghai
Under the motto “From Digit to Digital (从「指尖」到「数位」)”, the first ever
organized by Shanghai-based foundry
will take place in Shanghai from July 8 to 22, 2017. I am both delighted and proud of being part of the teaching team alongside
Zheng Chuyang (鄭初陽)
, Mira Ying (應寧) from
Type is Beautiful
, and many others.
Typodarium 2017 – out now
Hermann Schmidt Verlag, Mainz
, recently published the 2017 version of legendary
Typodarium, a tear-off calendar with a daily dose of fresh type specimen
. You propably wouldn’t want to tear off these beautiful pages, though. This year, Typodarium was opened for Non-Latin entries, which is good news to me. It was an honor to be asked to submit three pages – April 7 (Frust, a new sans serif development), August 28 (Hong Kong Street Face 港街黑), and October 14 (AR Laowai Sung 文鼎老外宋). Better order your copy soon!