Brutalism, Maximalism and Amateurism of The New Ugly in Chinese Graphic Design — 2022


During the first year of my study at the RCA, I wrote my MA dissertation on the New Ugly, a graphic design style populated by Chinese and East Asian designers since the late 2010s, and argued for its historical and cultural significance. Many works that fall into this style challenge both Western and Chinese design principles while criticising the rapid capitalistic development and its effect on Chinese people.

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