Li Xu & his beautiful Chinese typographic adventures will mesmerize you
Li Xu, the founder and art director of Beijing Art A&B Design is a man of many talents.
An assistant professor of Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, China, Li Xu has lectured and taught in workshop around the world.
Li Xu is one of the founders and curator of The 1st International Poster Festival of Shenzhen and Zi Hui-US & China Typographic Poster Exchange Exhibition, Asia /Next - Poster Experimental Design Exhibition etc.
He has participated also as a member of the jury in 11 international poster festivals and competitions in France, Greece, Poland, Italy, Serbia, South Korea, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Kyrgyz Republic, Mexico and Turkey.
Li Xu has received some important awards such as the first prize of AIGA(re)design Awards 2011, the Gold prize of IDA-International Design Awards 2012, and more and he has exhibited his works at many important biennial and triennial exhibitions in Los Angeles, London, Warsaw, Teheran, Moscow, Prague, Hungary, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Colombia, Italy, Mexico, Bolivia, Ukraine, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao, Shanghai, Hangzhou etc.
An avid lover of typography and graphic design Li Xu has lectured and taught in workshop around the world and he is one of the founders and curator of The 1st International Poster Festival of Shenzhen and Zi Hui-US & China Typographic Poster Exchange Exhibition.
A member in numerous juries around the globe Li Xu's name has graced many international poster festivals and competitions in France, Greece, Poland, Italy, Serbia, South Korea, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Kyrgyz Republic, Mexico and Turkey.
“The character is a silent language which soundlessly expresses its ideas; The character is lively graphic which narrate its story in every corner of our life; The character is visible communication which builds a bridge among people” notes the press release of Li Xu’s poster exploration of Chinese characters.
This typographic adventure of his presents a Chinese approach in the use of typography and has been developed to “facilitate understanding of Chinese culture and inspire new typographic approaches through the poster medium”.
“Unlike the phonetic characteristics of the Western characters, Chinese characters have ideographic characters, the glyph itself can transfer information” he adds.
Li Xu’s never ending typographic explorations are destined to bridge the gap between the words, the forms and their meaning with no boundaries, across all borders.
All images via Typomania 2019
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