Twelve is a London-based multidisciplinary design studio. Founded by graphic designer Shi Yuan and economist Rex Chen in 2009, Twelve operates in and between fields of design, art, spatial practice and social affairs. With a design methodology that emphasises research, analysis and typography, Twelve offers design services that range from print, identity, exhibition and digital applications. The duo produce works for international projects across cultural and commercial sectors including for galleries, exhibitions and companies. We spoke to the designers about their journey to date.
ShanSan is a design practice based in Hangzhou. A close partner of China Academy of Art (CAA), the design team is largely formed of CAA graduates. Specialising in brand building and evaluation, the company has served numerous brands, organisations, and government departments. The refreshing visual system they created for several primary schools caught our eye: what could be more appropriate for the lively atmosphere in primary schools than these bright colours and playful shapes? See more.
Born in Hubei, Zhu Chao is now a Beijing-based graphic designer who demonstrates real promise. His work was displayed at Tokyo TDC Annual Awards this year, and has previously appeared at GDC (in 2009 and 2011) too.
Born and raised in Beijing, graphic designer Guang Yu graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in 2002. He worked in various design roles and studios, including 1 year as Art Director for Surface China, before co-founding TO MEET YOU studio with fellow graphic designer, Liu Zhizhi, in 2008. I met Guang Yu earlier this month to talk design, discuss 798 and learn more about his journey to date.
Originally from Shanghai but based in Beijing, Du Qin designs “with attention to both Chinese and Latin typography”. His interest mainly lies in tangible printed matter, as well as the role of visual communication beyond the graphic design profession. Du Qin is currently enrolled on the Graphic Design & Typography PhD course at CAFA where he is researching and exploring a baseline for Chinese typography, as well as a typographic language that is considered both “contemporary” and “Chinese”.
iLOOK magazine was launched in 1998 by blogger and media mogul, Hong Huang. At age 12, Hong was sent to the US to study (her mother was an English tutor to Chairman Mao Zedong, whilst her stepfather served as China’s Foreign Minister in the 1970s). She has since returned to become one of the most influential entrepreneurs in Chinese print media.
iLOOK magazine is committed to shining a spotlight on the burgeoning fashion design scene here in China and constantly seeks to promote emerging Chinese designers. The iLOOK app acts as an extension to the magazine, arranging popular fashion topics of the day under themes, featuring special reports on rising stars and even includes Editor’s Notes by Hong Huang herself. Download it via the App Store.
Monocle Shop, Beijing
I’ve been meaning to visit the new Monocle shop for a while now, but it seems the fine folks at Bespoke Beijing beat me to it! Found inside Royal Smushi House, 8 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (朝阳区东直门外大街8号), Beijing.