“失败是有限的，冒险则是无限的。” 狄更斯（Charles John Huffam Dickens）也许正是这样写出“双城记”的吧？那我就在无限中任性一回。我请一家上海印刷厂帮我做一本白样，三周后，当我看到书桌上那本白样，我觉得狄更斯真不愧是我最心仪的作家。我甚至已经在期待，经常翻阅后，小纸条部分脱落后，书的上端蓬松、凌乱、卷曲，而再次呈现的不同形态了。于是，我就把每位设计师都提供的头像和简历，放入这个6x20厘米的小纸条切割区域，让每个人的过往经历再次增加一个冒险。
第三次，为AGI设计新会员的专辑。从2007年至2017年，时间跨度有11年，期间新会员有231位，这该是AGI历史上最人才济济的时代。每人三页，全书超过700页，该是蔚为大观的一本书吧。感谢所有为这本书的出版作出支持的人，感谢AGI主席 Nikki Gonnissen；Erik Brandt，我多年的好友, 他也是AGI新会员的责任委员；Frenzi Biedermann AGI秘书处的负责人；为本书提供摄影图片的赵清、曹方、Tommy Li、Uwe Loesch、Niklaus Troxler 等朋友们；还有Scott Williams & Henrik Kubel (A2/SW/HK+A2-TYPE）, 他们为本书免费提供了自己设计的字体。Enjoy Design!
It has been few days since summer thunderstorms have gone. I went to Aral to wash my car, but forgot to get off in time. The cleaning machine has already started and I was forced to stay in the car. It was just during the weeks when I was stuck in the design. I always set a vision for my design work, whereas hardly find an idea to achieve it easily. I almost lost my mind in the past few weeks; perhaps crazy self-mumbling phase would be soon started. Moreover, I have just refreshed my records as to be locked in the car while the washing machine has already started. Water sprays in all directions on the track, the giant blue cleaning roller was spinning, the noise made me dizzy. My eyes focused on the front windshield, and it was my first time to have seen this cleaning roller so closely. It was a cylinder with slender and dense flat-rubber soft belts. There were approximately thousands of soft belts, each about 50cm long, 3cm wide, dancing along with the engine of the spinning machine, gently scrubbed the outer body of the car. What was it look like? It was like the mop my Mom used to clean the floor when I was young. Several cloth stripes were bounded together and moistened, and scrubbed the floor softly. The old memories suddenly crowd upon my mind. Why was it in my mind, was it a hint? How would a book look like if part of each paper being cut into strips, and the cutting pages be bound together? Even it looks like a cleaning roller, or a strip mop, it must be an adventurous experiment. The sudden flashing thoughts made me awaken. I kept thinking about it and it was exciting.
‘Failure is limited, while venturing is endless’. Maybe this is how Charles John Huffam Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” came out. And I will also follow my heart in those ‘endless’ adventures. I asked a print company in Shanghai to make me a blank sample of this book. After three weeks when I saw this sample on my desk, I thought Dickens was truly and indeed my favorite writer. I started to yearn how it will look like after some of the paper strips came off by flipping throughs. The top part of the book will become fluffy, messy and curly, it will look totally different. Therefore, I put each designer’s headshot and biography in this 6x20cm paper strip area, and each of their pasts will experience one more adventure.
This is my third time to design a new members’ book for AGI. It has been 11 years from 2007 to 2017, and during this time, AGI has 231 new members. This is the best time of AGI as to have so many new talented designers in. Each designer has 3 pages in this book, the total volume is over 700 pages, this is a huge project. Thank you everyone who has always been so supportive, thank you Nikki Gonnissen, the AGI president; thank you Erik Brandt, my dear friend for years, who is also member of International Executive Committee, AGI New Member’ Chair; thank you Frenzi Biedermann, the secretary of AGI; thank you my friends Qing Zhao, Fang Cao, Tommy Li, Uwe Loesch, Niklaus Troxler for providing photos for this book; and thank you Scott Williams & Henrik Kubel (A2/SW/HK+A2-TYPE) for donating your fonts for this publication. Enjoy Design!