Looking for Designers of Chinese Type

I'm putting together a bid for a single-weight multiscript color font for a design office that's rebranding an international client. The typeface will be based on some mildly non-traditional Latin test words provided by the design office, which incorporate color and some geometric stylization.

If I get the work, I'll be designing the full Latin and Cyrillic typefaces and coordinating the rest of the project. I'm looking for an experienced designer of Chinese type with some fluency in the language. Familiarity with color fonts is a plus, but not a requirement.

If you think you might be interested, could you please contact me through my website with some information on your background and a pointer to some of your work?


  • Let me ping Granshan for you.
  • Thanks, Hrant.
  • I do not think one designer is enough because there are too many glyphs to make...
  • Right. Here's the classic qz article on the scope of a Chinese font project:

    An experienced designer, working alone, can in under six months create a new font that covers dozens of Western languages. For a single Chinese font it takes a team of several designers at least two years.
  • Thanks, Belleve and Simon. We're still clarifying the scope; I've explained that a set of 50K+ glyphs may be more ambitious than they realize. But they might not want something that comprehensive in the end.
  • Narrowing the glyph coverage of a CJKV font can sound superficially like an attractive way to manage the project scope, but the upshot is that you end up with a font that can write only 90% of the language. That's if you are talking about everyday things but the moment you want to write about something like � � � � � � � � you're in trouble; you can write your address if you live in Beijing but not in � � � � � �, and most annoyingly, you can use the font if your name is Cousins but not � � � � � �.

    I'm not sure I would use a font like that.
  • Thanks, Simon. But my understanding is that this is to be a headline font for setting a limited number of promotional messages, and its use will be limited to a handful of people. � � � � � � won't have the opportunity to type his/her name, no matter where s/he lives.
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