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.
Our work includes visual identities,
exhibitions, print collateral and interactive projects for art,
architecture, and non-profit institutions. The studio was
founded in New York City in 2012.
Our practice emphasizes the use of research and analysis to produce effective, meaningful and intuitive communication for our cultural clients. Our multidisciplinary approach focuses on material and format, with impactful communication being our common goal.
Our work has exhibited at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Brown University, On Stellar Rays Gallery, the 2010 Warsaw Poster Biennial and Typoshow (2013), a poster exhibition traveling throughout China and the US.
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