Chiachi Chao: Wallpaper * Next Generation 2022


Chiachi Chaos Typography combines western and eastern writing styles

Our Next Generation 2022 showcase highlights 22 outstanding graduates from around the world in seven creative areas. We introduce the Taiwanese type and graphic designer Chiachi Chao, a graduate of ECAL, Lausanne

Chiachi Chao is a graduate of the Masters in Type Design at ECAL and currently lives in Lausanne. The Taiwanese designer designed the Kleisch typeface as part of his graduation studies and called it a Latin serif font, which was developed for biscriptural typesetting. “As a typographic designer with a Latin and Chinese background, Kleisch is my attempt to bridge the connection between the Latin serif fonts and the Ming fonts,” he says and asks, “What are the similar properties that bring two different fonts together be able? Scripts? ‘

By merging baroque and neoclassical styles, Chao has created a flexible set of modern letter shapes that can accommodate the different weights of different Ming characters.

His research has taken him from the history of Western and Eastern writing styles, from the technical limits of early printing to the speed of Chinese brush calligraphy. The development of a movable font version of Ming has made the flowing characters and shapes of each character much more formal, while still remaining very different and distinct from traditional Latin letters. “Inspired by the story of Caslon, I imagined myself as a die cutter in my early 18th century. This is a transition face between two transition models,” he says.

‘Kleisch consists of 16 styles with a variable font that offers adjustable axes (strength and contrast) in order to adapt accordingly to different Ming scripts.’ The final font was based on the styles of the 17th century designers Miklós Tótfalusi Kis and Christoffel van Dijck and the 18th century German-Dutch typographer Johann Michael Fleischmann.

Dream partner: François Rappo, Radim Peško and Kasper Florio.

Wallpaper * Next Generation 2022

You can discover more young talents, who are referred to as “22 rising stars for 2022” and come from the creative areas of design, jewelry, transport, architecture, photography, fashion and visual communication, in the January 2022 Next Generation issue of Wallpaper * and in this ongoing series on



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