Fung Sifu has been teaching Chinese calligraphy for many years at his Yau Ma Tei workshop, and has been the unsung hero for numerous advertising campaigns, branding projects and film productions throughout Hong Kong.
Recently some lucky members of our team at Whitespace became his students, and are learning the basics of calligraphy at a weekly session. The lesson started off with their Chinese name, which they write in big, bold, ink-filled strokes.
He is patient, funny and generous man, teaching them the philosophy of Chinese writing and the story behind each character. These classes have really inspired the team and makes them appreciate and love Chinese writing!
I am quite drawn to this poster of the City Contemporary Dance Company CCDC’s Blind Chance of its nice use of the tailor-made Chinese font together with the subtle yet eligible English title. The hot pink color often times is one hue being criticized for being too feminine, improper or just extreme, but cleverly used her as a highlight but not distracting. The 3 mashed images is abstract yet clear on the style of the production so that it’s not giving away too much to attract show goers for this performance.
make happy those who are near and …
Stumbled across a blog post with a headline “Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.” and that attracts me tremendously. The author, Cristina Chapman, attended the Manchester Design Symposium 2012 just 2 weeks ago and got inspired by some key speakers like Adrian Shaughnessy – renowned graphic designer and writer of How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul and Will Hudson – founder of It’s Nice That, but more by Morag Myerscough – founder of Studio Morag. It’s quoted “The person who inspired me the most was Morag Myercough, she has been a designer for the past 20 years but only in the last 10 years she has been doing exactly what she believes in.” Morag has done a lot of way-finding design and instilled her quirky sense into many valuable organizations such as children’s hospital, Deptford project by transforming an unused train into a cafe. It’s indeed a life long journey for all designers to explore what truly resonates their dreams and things close to their hearts. Stay truthful and original.
penguin’s kama sutra
Penguin Classics has issued an ultra-collectible, super luxe version of the Kama Sutra, illustrated by Malika Favre. With no pictures throughout the book’s pages, the intent was to create a sexy cover. The result is a red-hot interpretation of an ancient Hindu text. Available at Penguin Books. via Creative Review.
Malika was also commissioned by Wallpaper* to create a typeface, called Alphabunnies, for one of their issues.