Eight Principles of Yong

2020

The "Eight Principles of Yong" originated from the traditional Chinese calligraphy system, that is,  "Yong” this character contains 8 main types of calligraphy strokes, all in one. Thus it is also a principle that needs to be adhered to and familiar with learning calligraphy. When I was a primary school student, I participated in after-school calligraphy classes. Every winter and summer holiday, I would go to the calligraphy school to study, from rigorous regular script to cursive script. To this day, I have become a graphic designer, and calligraphy still has a deep influence on me. For example, I prefer to use type-based elements when designing logos. When designing a font, I would consider whether I need to make a ligature on it. The practice of calligraphy has given me a lot of help in design. At the same time, some harsh and rigorous rules of calligraphy often restrict me.

 

I can feel that the restrictions of creation are from my adherence to the rules. Therefore, in this poster, I used "rough", "irregular" and "unconscious" graphics to visualize the calligraphy strokes of “Yong", and listed all the principles of the "Yong". The orange arrows in the poster present the motion track of dot’s strokes, beginners of Chinese calligraphy will need to master this rule. To express the content of "order" by the visualization of  "out of order", this is like my own journey of learning typography, it is a type of critical rethinking about myself. Only in self-work, I can be unfettered and break the restriction of "Principles" and "Grid System".

“永字八法”源自中国传统书法体系,即一个“永”字上有着几乎所有其他汉字的笔画,因此也作为学习书法需要恪守和熟知的原则。在小学的时候,我参加了课外的兴趣班,每年的寒暑假都会去到书法专门学校学习,从严谨的楷书到草书。直到今天,我成为了一名平面设计师,书法仍然对我有深深的影响。例如我会在设计标识时倾向使用文字类标识,在设计字体时会考虑是否需要连笔,书法的练习给了我许多在设计上的帮助。同时书法的一些苛刻严谨的规则也时常限制我,譬如笔画的运笔在中国书法中是会细分到很多步骤和方向的。我有时会感受到在创意上的拘束源于我对于规则的恪守。因此这张海报中,我用“粗旷的”“无规律的”“无意识的”的图形去视觉化永字的书法笔画,把“永字八法”的八个要点全部罗列下来,海报中的橙色箭头呈现了笔画的走势图,这是初学中国书法会要求掌握的规则。以“乱序”的视觉去表达“有序”的内容,这就是我自己的历程,是对于自己的一种批判性反思,也只有在为自己而作的作品里,我可以无拘无束,打破“永字八法”,打破“网格系统”带给我的拘束。

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