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Chengdu Gaming Federation Flyers

We’ve been hosting Chengdu Gaming Federation events for just over half a year now. Here are a few of the flyers for those events, one of which is tonight (the Street Fighter 2 Tournament). This has been a really fun project.

CGF Flyers

These flyers are depicted inside of an iPhone because that is the way they are distributed (digitally).

Published on January 28, 2016

Event Flyer Designs #1

Chengdu event flyer designs
Recently I’ve been designing some event flyers optimized for mobile sharing. They are all to iPhone 5 resolution (640×1136 px) and made to be shared on mobile social networks like WeChat. I experimented with some animated gif flyers at this size which had moving parts or text that changes color, but the animating process was slow using Photoshop, so I went back to static designs.

When I first started doing Disco Death in 2010, I designed and printed meter-tall posters for each event. It was exciting to embrace a new format which came with different challenges, and recently I feel the same way about designing for mobile first. Although the lack of a physical flyer feels like something may be lost, the viral potential of a digital flyer is far unparalleled.

Published on September 30, 2014
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Palindrome Poetry Poster

SuHui Palindrome Poster thumbnail

This is what the Xuanjitu palindrome poem looks like

I ran into a post on Reddit recently which brought attention to a poem which was created by Su Hui (苏蕙), a 4th century Chinese poet who became famous for creating a palindrome poem called Xuanjitu (璇玑图). Incredibly, it is a 29×29 character grid which can be read forward, backwards, horizontally, vertically, and diagonally. The combination of these different arrangements makes for an astounding 2,849 different readings of the same poem. It’s like sudoku times 1,000 in Chinese poem form.

I’ve read and enjoyed a limited amount of poetry in Chinese, but much of it is inaccessible to non-native Chinese speakers due to the cryptic way in which it’s written. It’s like a non-native English speaker reading Shakespeare — it’s not easy, to say the least. One concession is that in this case I’ve opted for the simplified Chinese version which is dramatically easier on my classical Chinese skills than the significantly more complex traditional version.

Suhui Palindromes Poster

A closeup look at the palindrome poetry poster created by SuHui in the 4th century, comprised of a 29 x 29 grid of Chinese characters that can be read 2,000 different ways

I saw the Wikipedia entry for the poem and my first thought was that it would make a really cool poster. So I made it into one by creating a high resolution version in Photoshop that’s color coded for easier reading. I will put this on my wall and try to read it as many ways as possible. You can download the 12mb copy which I made below for free, in JPG format. It’s print ready at 300dpi and the dimensions are 24 x 24 inches.

This is a 24mb JPG file – I wouldn’t try to open it in your browser. Right click the button below and save the image to your hard drive.
SuHui Palindrome Poetry Poster: Download Link
Published on October 10, 2012