For our submission to Typoshow, an exhibition of typographic posters traveling to universities throughout China and the US, we created a poster about Chinese internet censorship.
We wrote a story by stringing together a series of nonsense words from the “Grass-Mud Horse” Lexicon. The Lexicon is an online catalog of words and phrases that bypass Chinese cyberspace censors. Some terms sound like vulgarities when spoken aloud in Chinese, but when written have a different, innocent meaning, and thus evade the censors’ searches. The Lexicon is an absurdist, biting, and growing language of protest. After creating an oversized xerox of the story (with footnotes revealing all double meanings) we then had the Chinese translation drawn on top of the terms from the Lexicon. During the process we experimented with different ways of rendering the Chinese text, including hand drawn lettering by our friend Stacy Wang as well as using a range of paint markers on an old pen plotter, making each poster unique.
This is our work is a graphic design studio run by Megan Feehan and collaborators. Our work includes visual identities, publications, exhibitions, print collateral and interactive projects for architecture, art and miscellaneous institutions. We specialize in being design generalists, in not fetishizing technology over communication, and letting experiment and play guide form and format decisions.
Our design process incorporates research, analysis, and genuine curiosity to determine the best outcome with the most impact, whatever the format. Our aim for every project is to produce memorable, meaningful and intuitive communication design. We love the full spectrum of the process — embracing grand concepts and granular production specifications equally.
Our clients include the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, Rhode Island School of Design, New Museum for Contemporary Art, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Brown University, David Brooks Studio, Post-Office Architectes, On Stellar Rays Gallery, and Lauren Wegel Architect, amongst others. The studio was founded in New York City in 2013, and is based in lower Manhattan.
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