Chineasy’s goal is to allow people to learn to read Chinese easily by recognising characters through simple illustrations.
The brainchild of tech entrepreneur and self-confessed geek ShaoLan Hsueh, the Chineasy Illustrated Dictionary is an attempt to bridge the linguistic gap between the West and China. Her system turns notoriously inscrutable Chinese characters into simple illustrations by Wallpaper* regular Noma Bar, with art direction by Crispin Jameson. A funding campaign launched in July reaped nearly £200,000 in pledges. A website is up-and-running and Brave New World Publishing plans to produce a 192-page book in 2014.
Key features: Chinese characters and phrases represented by simple – and beautifully drawn – illustrations by Noma Bar.