Type: Daeki Shim, Hyojun Shim, TIST & more from Eastern Asia

Daeki Shim and Hyojun Shim of DAEKI & JUN, located in Seoul, South Korea, entered their colorful poster (left) to our current Typography4: Type in Use competition. Designed for the International Poster Invitation Exhibition / Beijing Design Week 2015, the poster responds to the event’s theme, “city.” “These multilingual signs can be easily found not only in Hong Kong, but also New York, London, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, or in another word, every“where.” According to the designers, “this “where” means “city” and the commercial multilingual typography of the streets is a symbolic visual language that represents a part of the city’s sight. As main typography in this poster, we used the word “where” with four different languages which are English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.”

The typeface design beside it (right) was created by TIST, also located in Seoul, South Korea. Created as their own corporate typeface, it “reveals clearer connectivity of the brand by embedding the corporate philosophy to add values, drawing upon graphic features of the logo, and developing it consistently in balance.”

The Chinese typeface design above, titled “BiauKai Regular,” was created by DynaLab Inc., located in Taipei, Taiwan. The poster beside it was designed by Jen-Wei Huang of TungFang Design University – Design Cooperation Center, located in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Created for an exhibition called “The beauty of Chinese characters,” the “posters are typeset by superimposing 525 characters containing either one of the two “xin” radicals (“xin” meaning “heart” in Chinese). Writing systems are like humans in that they interact closely with the heart at various levels of feelings, emotions, moods, character, aspirations, mental activity and living conditions. Although a common human experience, this form of expression is uniquely Chinese.

The Typography4: Type in Use and Typeface Design competitions are still open for your entries! Hurry––the deadline is Tuesday, February 13, 2018.