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Language as an inspiration for design by Chin Pong Leung

Language as an inspiration for design

Photo by Vincent van Gurp

Language as a system for design inspirations – Chin Pong (Michael) Leung and Hoi Nap (Rony) Chan researched a design strategy that is based on language. Languages might be relevant tools for the design process, as they reflect tradition, history, and define cultural differences to a large extent. Where design asks for variety, language might offer an inspiring way of creating it. The Chinese and English languages were analyzed, turned upside down and reinterpreted by the two designers. What is lost in translation? What is gained? And how can both languages lead to shapes and functionalities? Vice versa, how can design express the Chinese concept of the void?

Chin Pong Leung