Incomplete, as opposite to perfect, is an extension of flawless beauty. As LaoZi (an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer) said, what is perfect seems to have something missing; yet its use is unimpaired. What is fullest seems empty; yet its use will never fail. What is straightest seems crooked; the greatest skill seems like clumsiness, and the greatest eloquence like stuttering. Movement overcomes cold; but staying still overcomes heat. So he by his limpid calm puts right everything under heaven. Inspired by this, my project aims to create an incomplete beauty, which refer to the important concept of eastern aesthetics, as well as pursuing an open-minded wisdom.
This typeface adapted the poetry about the thinking of the moon and life from Su Shi, a renowned artist and writer in Song Dynasty. The poem was translated as“Joy and sorrow, time never changes the rule. Moon wax, moon wane, so we meet and go.” on the bottom of the left. The combination of the font and free brush strokes, under the premise of readability, forms a unique open shape, reflecting the impermanence of life. What’s more, the color inspired by Klein Blue appears to show purely calm, and the various strokes at the terminals suggesting an inner passion.
This typeface could be applied in poster design, cultural communication, branding, and art exhibition etc.
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