Inspirations from the East: Modern Chinese Design
by Page One Publishing
Hardcover, 2009, 237 pages, 26.4 x 19.8 x 2.8 cm (10.4 x 7.8 x 1.1 inches)
Inspirations from the East: Modern Chinese Design is a collection of works by “the most famous and excellent designers in China, who have been leading the trend of …contemporary Chinese design.” Fourteen designers are featured, each with a unique style or focus of design. The sections open with a quote by the designer, and a brief history of their background and achievements.
The designer quotes are interesting and sometimes providing inspirational thought, from which the chapter titles were cleverly sourced. For instance, the first chapter is entitled ‘A Designer Should be a Screenwriter’, taken from Lu Jingren’s quote about the role of a book designer.
The designs themselves are the main point of the book and there are many images of each design or work of art. A short description accompanies each project, explaining what the project is about, and where relevant how the design fits into Chinese culture, the meanings of the design, and also how it was created.
All of the design styles are distinctive, from traditional book binding to modern logo design, all featuring elements of design that relate to their roots in Chinese culture.
Displayed in this large, hardcover book, printed on high quality paper, the designs should provide an insight and good starting point into the world of Chinese design.