Is this a man’s world?
Bright, bold pictograms from Yang Liu revisit the roles, relationships and age-old clichés of male and female experience.
Imagine a setting, in which a man wearing a dress might be as habitual as a woman in trousers. Where a woman exposing herself in public wasn’t sexy, but as creepy as a male flasher. Where professional status and success presented the same prospects for both sexes.
In this first in a new series for TASCHEN, leading graphic designer Yang Liu tackles one of the hottest, and one of the oldest, topics of all: he and she. Drawing on the experiences, challenges and many perspectives on men and women she has encountered in her own life, Yang Liu distils the vast, swirling question of gender to bold, binary pictograms.
Dealing with a whole host of situations from the bedroom to the boardroom, Yang Liu's designs are as simple and accessible in their presentation as they are infinite in the associations, evocations and responses they elicit. Combining age-old stereotypes with topical discrepancies, this fresh approach to the roles and relationships of men and women is above all an effort to synthesize a notoriously thorny issue into a fun and refreshing graphic form, and so to lighten and enlighten our mutual understanding and tolerance.
In the same series, Yang Liu has also published Man Meets Woman, and Oriente e Occidente. East meets West, a series of infographics drawing on her personal bicultural experience has been exhibited worldwide, the corresponding book has become an instant bestseller.
Yang Liu was born in 1976 in Beijing and has been living in Germany since 1990. After studying at the University of Arts Berlin (UdK), she worked as a designer in Singapore, London, Berlin, and New York. In 2004 she founded her own design studio, Yang Liu Design, which she continues to run today, and in 2010 was appointed a professor at the BTK University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.
Her works, which can be found in museums and collections all over the world (The German Poster Museum in Essen, the Museum for Arts and Crafts in Hamburg, the Taiwan Poster Association, the Heritage Museum in Hong Kong, and the Design Center Nordrhein-Westfalen in Essen), have been exhibited all around the world: Germany, USA, Japan, Mexico, Finland, China, France, Poland, Iran. She has won numerous prizes in international competitions, such as the Red-dot International Award for Communication Design, the German Design Award and the bronze medal at the 18th International Poster Biennale in Warszaw. Yang Liu lives and works in Berlin.
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