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Eric Hu: A Thousand Characters

Work / Graphic Design

Eric Hu’s book features 1,000 unique Chinese character illustrations

Whenever we come across graphic design that features non-Latin script we are always aware of the immediate appeal that comes from these letterforms that are so different to our own. In this case though it’s hard to get round that, because Eric Hu’s A Thousand Characters is a very definite and deliberate celebration of these beautiful alien forms. It is comprised of 1,000 unique illustrations of each letter in a classical Chinese poem that has 1,000 non-repeating characters. “These were drawn with my mouse using a dynamic drawing application I had programmed in Processing then manipulated further in Photoshop,” Eric explains.

It’s more than 18 months since Eric was last on the site but he’s clearly been busy. Alongside his own design, illustration, and branding work, the New York-based art director and developer is also a partner at the Nothing In Common agency. Matching strong concepts with constantly interesting executions, Eric is one of those creatives who can seem to do no wrong right now.

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