Minds Ripen Series: 30, 40, 50, 60, 70
論語 · 為政篇 》漢字設計系列海報
The work was inspired by the following verse in “The Practice of Government” from The Analects of Confucius: “At fifteen, I had my mind set on learning. At thirty, I stood firm. At forty, I had no doubts. At fifty, I knew the decrees of Heaven. At sixty, my ear was an obedient organ for the reception of truth. At seventy, I could follow what my heart desired, without transgressing what was right.” In this verse, Confucius accounted for the six stages and processes in the practice of his life. Later on, people interpreted these stages as the ways of socialization in different ages. Therefore, I have translated the living attitude of Confucius into modern scenarios and re-interpreted these stages with appropriate signifiers.
As time has gone by, the form of Chinese characters has evolved into different styles, such Song, Gothic, and Li typefaces. Each brings a different feeling. For example, Gothic is pithy and clean, sans serif, and brings a modern and young image. Li contains a significant trace of Chinese calligraphy and brings a more mature and classical feeling. Therefore, this work will exploit the form characteristics of Traditional Chinese characters and select the signifiers that can express the signified to depict the semanteme and state of the different stages mentioned in the verse.