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Strange Tales

Presented in strange ways...

Project Type

Layout Design,
Personal Project

Duration

Aug - Oct 2012

Role

Designer

To me, the most interesting part of graphic design is the ambiguity between diverse elements.

Strange Tales From A Chinese Studio is a novel written by Chinese writer Pu Songling in 1700s. It is a novel consisting of short legends about supernatural things in ancient China.

In this book project, the page layouts are related to the plots of each story. I tried to make it simple but surprising, placing readers in that setting, and leading them to a fresh experience of reading.

#0 The Cover

#1 The Fish Bride

"A young man fell in love with a girl he met by the lake and eventually got married with her. At the end this girl turned out to be a fish spirit...

#2 The Pained Skin

"There is a devil that covered himself with a painted beauty skin to lure young men. At night, it would take of the beautiful skin and eat the heart of its prey...

#3 The City On The Mountain

"In ancient time, people knew nothing about mirage and were confused about what was going on when they observed a mirage. They regarded it as the ‘ ghost city ’…

#4 Ghost-girl Xiaoxie

"Xiaoxie is a ghost girl who lived in an abandoned mansion with her best friend, another ghost girl. Both of them fell in love with a poor scholar, who had nowhere to go so lived in the mansion. Can you find out where she is? …

#5 The Taoist Priest Of Lao-shan

"Mr. Wang was eager to be a Taoist priest but was not willing to practice hard. Once he learnt how to go through a wall, he quitted his practice and returned home. However, when he got home, his superpower suddenly disappeared and he was unfortunately trapped in the wall…

#6 Nie Xiaoqian

"Nie Xiaoqian is a beautiful ghost who was forced by a devil to lure and kill young men for him. Every night she would slip into rooms of poor scholars who lives in an obsolete temple, and then brought their blood to the devil…

#7 The Man Who Was Thrown Down A Well

"Tai was thrown down to a well by his enemy, but was fortunately saved by a god…

#8 Candidate For The Post Of City God

"Scholar Sung Tao was chosen by the gods to the post of the city god. But he asked for a delay to take care his mother. The god was moved by his filial piety and permitted him to begin work after his mother passed away…