TAIPHABET

An illustrated alphabet inspired by the most interesting buildings and historic landmarks in Taiwan.

The architecture of a place is not only a product of the culture, but also reflects the history and the way people live. Taiwanese architectural style influences range from Chinese, Japanese, Western, postmodern to the latest trends based on different periods of history. Almost every style of architecture can be seen in Taiwan. This inspired me to create an alphabet featuring 26 Taiwanese buildings that represent different periods from Dutch and Spanish settlement, Qing Dynasty, Japanese Rule to Republic of China. This collection provides information about the architecture and photographs of the structures, and it also serves as a travel guide for people who are interested in Taiwanese architecture.

建築不只能表現出當地的文化,也能反映出歷史和生活型態。台灣的建築風格多元,從不同殖民時期和歷史年代,從中國、日本、西方、後現代風格到最新建築風格都有,幾乎各種建築風格都有。這也啟發我想設計出一套26個英文字母能表現出台灣從荷西時期、清朝、日治時期和民國的經典建築。除了能提供建築的介紹和照片之外,也能當作是介紹台灣的旅遊書。

ART DIRECTOR
Kelly Holohan
YEAR
2020
ROLE
Illustration
Typography
Layout design

FULL LAYOUT

THE VISUAL SYSTEM

After selecting some classic buildings, I matched the letter to each building with the first letter of their name.

The letters were modeled on the typeface Brandon Grotesque Black as the foundation for each letter design. By picking up the most iconic elements of each building, I created a system that works well on different colored backgrounds. After designing the whole alphabet, the letterforms were featured in a book that includes the photos of the actual structure, its location, history background and the use of each building.
設計系統

在挑選完最經典的幾個建築後,我將建築名稱的開頭字母做配對。

所有的字體造型是利用Brandon Grotesque Black為基礎衍伸的。我設計了一套系統能將字母替換在不同背景顏色,也挑選出建築上特有的元素。在設計完全部的英文字母後,我將建築的照片、歷史背景和建築的實用功能排版成一本書。

HOVER ON THE LETTERS TO SEE THE PHOTOS