Zhao Liu

Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) member, SGDA Vice Chairman,another design co-founder and Creative Director

Building up another design with Zhan Huode in 2014, Liu Zhao received the New York Type Directors Club Ascenders Award 2018, which recognizes designers who are 35 years of age and under for their remarkable achievement in design and typography. His works have won several international design awards, such as 2021 Tokyo TDC Prize; D&AD Graphite pencil Award; NY ADC Bronze Award;Design for Asia Awards 1 Silver Award, 1 Bronze Award and 1 Merit Award; GDC Awards 2 Best Works Awards, 1 Nominate Awards, 1 Jury’s Choice Award, 15 Merit Awards; HKDA Global Design Awards 1 Gold Award, 1 Jury’s Choice Awards, 3 Bronze Awards, 3 Merit Awards; Tokyo TDC Annual Award 9 Merit Awards; ONE SHOW 5 Merit Award; NY ADC Awards 5 Merit Award and so on., „


Hong Kong-style tea cafe culture is a kind of unique fast food culture, taking the Hong Kong era as the background. In traditional tea cafes in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, waiters have formed their own unique language and writing system in order to improve the working efficiency. They use simple homophonic characters or abbreviated characters to take place of cumbersome dish names to save time for handwritten orders, such as: lemon = 0, mandarin duck milk tea = 央 and so on. This language system is based on people’s thinking about life experience, and is an expression of wisdom.

  • 2200 × 1200 mm
  • Pigment print
  • 2021
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1. A Sacred Tree

Humans have long visualized abstract concepts such as religion and law using writing systems. We make amulets for the purpose of praying for the happiness of individuals and groups, or fortunetelling, and sometimes record human wishes with text, including the interpretation of the operation of the universe. Such a behavior has been handed down from ancient times to the present in similar patterns. It is a fundamental human desire to avoid fear about invisible beings and phenomena as well as ill luck and to pray for blessings. ‘A Sacred Tree’ deals with the wishes and beliefs of artists who have shown unique visual expressions. This part highlights the balance of life and an attitude to wish for it (Dohee Kwon), the wisdom from tradition and experience (Zhao Liu), the symbol of good luck based on personal experience (Studio Bergini), our destiny that embraces both much of our joy and sadness at the same time (Anthony Lam), the return to the most basic attitude (Atelier Tout va Bien), words to bear in mind (Ahn Mano), the balance between given destiny and desire (O.OO), a circulation of the world and a mind that calmly contemplates life while observing it (Hwayoung Lee), amulets for confirming one’s beliefs (Ikki Kobayashi), and criticism of society and culture (Tnop Wangsillapakun). These artists’ thoughts and emotions are installed like traditional five- colored ribbons hanging from a sacred tree just as in Korean villages for centuries. We hope viewers will find many of their wishes captured in the works made of characters and symbols of several cultures and enjoy them together.

Slowly with a turtle
Quickly with a crane
With a Turtle
With a Crane