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Artsy Language Learning

Masaaki Hiromura Merged Japanese Typography With Signs and Symbols

— February 1, 2011 — Social Good
Japanese Designer Masaaki Hiromura has merged Japanese typography (Kanji) with signs and food symbols, making them easy to understand. The pictures are extremely helpful for people learning how to read the language or tourists who are visiting the country.

Take a look through the interesting images in the gallery and see if you can recognize what the Japanese words and images are trying to convey!

Implications - Many artists are inspired by the beauty in other languages, or even their own language. This inspiration leads to typographic masterpieces that interpret these characters in creative ways. Consumers and artists alike have a particular fascination with letters that resemble pictures and use many mediums from body art to sculptures and photography to translate these symbols into works of art.
Trend Themes
1. Multicultural Typography - Opportunity for designers to merge different languages and symbols to create visually appealing and easy-to-understand communication tools.
2. Visual Language Learning - Opportunity to develop innovative educational tools using visuals and symbols to facilitate language learning and understanding.
3. Language-inspired Art - Opportunity for artists to create unique artworks that interpret and merge language characters in creative and aesthetically pleasing ways.
Industry Implications
1. Education - Disruptive innovation opportunity for companies to develop new language learning platforms and tools that incorporate visual elements.
2. Design - Opportunity for designers to explore and create innovative typographic designs that merge different languages and symbols.
3. Art - Opportunity for artists to explore and experiment with language-inspired artworks that combine visual and linguistic elements.
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