Taiwanese graphic designer Wang Zhi-Hong’s sublime cover designs
- Rebecca Fulleylove
- 6 December 2016
Wang Zhi-Hong’s book designs and cover creations are the epitome of retaining a sense of personal style, while still answering the brief. Wang is a graphic designer based in Taiwan and has been working in his studio of the same name for 16 years. He has won numerous awards for his book design and it’s no surprise with Wang’s ability to distil numerous topics into one single communicative cover.
Many of his covers adopt a graphic approach using a mixture of text with marks and shapes. Even after the initial exoticism of Mandarin script delicately placed on these tomes, there’s a consistent beauty and elegance to Wang’s portfolio through the work’s simplicity and composition. Wang has a defined style, which sees him respectfully draw elements from Taiwanese, Chinese, Japanese and western culture, which is what makes his work so universally appealing.
We featured him back in March for a book he designed about Dutch modernism and below are just a few of the projects he has completed this year alone. Wang has collaborated with publishers to form his imprints Insights and Source, and has published translated books by many Japanese artists, designers and photographers. Celebrating his many years of book jacket design, this year has also seen the designer author and publish Design by wangzhihong.com: A Selection of Book Designs, 2001–2016, which showcases some of his best works.
About the Author
Rebecca Fulleylove is a freelance writer and editor specialising in art, design and culture. She is also senior writer at Creative Review, having previously worked at Elephant, Google Arts & Culture, and It’s Nice That.