This project is about redesigning the book "the elements of Euclid," which was created by Oliver Byrne in 1847. My edition of the bilingual "the Elements of Euclid" includes 35 geometric definitions, each with a graphic explanation using the form of Chinese typography. The left-hand side is where these graphics are placed, and the right-hand side is about the definition text. There are five sections for these 35 definitions: lines, angles, circles, triangles, and rectangles. I used colors to separate each section. The graphic on the left-hand side is based on the Chinese translation of the definition. The strokes and the forms of the character are altered and exaggerated based on the meaning. The Japanese stab binding style is applied to create a vintage quality that refers back to the period of Euclid. The cover stock and text stock used is eggshell paper, which has a rough and pleasing texture.
There was no royal road to geometry, said Euclid. By exploring the writings created by this great Greek mathematician, I started to look for a contemporary approach. In 1847, Oliver Byrne published a new edition of the Elements of Euclid. He applied innovative colored graphics as the explanations of each geometric principle. Based on Byrne's work, my edition uses Chinese calligraphy as the graphics to explore the relationship between traditional culture and math. Being Chinese, I enjoy the process of incorporating and adapting my daily language to a seemingly unrelated realm. I learned through finding similar structures and visual elements and researching the history of the development of Chinese calligraphy.
After the design process, I started to think about the final appearance. I like how the binding style looks coherent with the overall design, and so does the rough paper texture. The Japanese stab binding style is relatively complex for me to do in the whole process. Through research, I found several practical tools, including a screw punch and tough thread, making my process more manageable. Eventually, I presented this book to my professor and friends.