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Graphic Design

Tianhang Zhu

Tianhang Zhu is a graphic designer and illustrator based in London and Nanjing, China. He graduated from Nanjing University of Art, BA Graphic Design in 2018. 

Awards :

2020 3x3 International Illustration Show/Merit Award

2019 Royal College of Art Varley Memorial Award/shortlisted

2019 Macau Design Awards /Student Nomination Award

2019 Adobe Design Achievement Awards/‘Top Talent’ in Print and Graphic

2018 Platinum Creative International Graphic Design Competition/ Gold Award

2018 9th National Book Design Exhibition, China /selected 

2017 Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards / Bronze Award

2017 Taiwan International Graphic Design Award / Youth Award


2019 Macau Design Awards Exhibition, The Handover Gifts Museum, Macau 

2019 Typographic Singularities, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London.

2019 Discovery Channel, Maxilla Social Club, London


Degree Details

School of Communication

Graphic Design

Tianhang is committed to building good communication efficiency and visually through graphic design, illustration, critical design, and experimental cross-cultural communication. His practice explores the relationship between Chinese traditional philosophy and contemporary internet media through video and installation. It is concerned with issues of globalization, society, and cultural divides. Through this Tianhang reviews his own histories to think about culture and the aesthetics of contemporary China.

The Chinese classical garden is representative of Chinese traditional aesthetics: elegant and exquisite, reflecting the aesthetic level and ideology of ancient scholars and aristocrats. In contemporary China almost every city has a park named ‘People's Park’ and their layout and planning are completely different from those of the old gardens. These parks embody the political and social aesthetics at a national level today.

This project’s concern is the political or social aesthetics that dominate the landscape, in particular, the ‘People’s Anniversary Parks’ and the ways in which they enforce and reflect the position of the government. Parks and gardens are small, but they reflect the gaps that China has experienced in the field of culture and aesthetics. In this People’s Anniversary Park sculptural objects and materials are chosen carefully to represent and symbolise China’s political and industrial policies. Additionally, an Instagram account documents the project and unpacks some of the ideas through hashtags.




Chinese philosophycivilian spaceinherited historiespatriarchal societypolitical aestheticspolitical historiessocial aestheticsstate-society relationship

The People’s Anniversary Park. NO.1

The People’s Anniversary Park. NO.2

The People’s Anniversary Park. NO.3

The People’s Anniversary Park. NO.4

The People’s Anniversary Park. NO.5

The People’s Anniversary Park. NO.6

The People’s Anniversary Park. NO.7

The People’s Anniversary Park. NO.8

The People’s Anniversary Park. NO.9

The People’s Anniversary Park. NO.10

The People’s Anniversary Park. NO.11

The People’s Anniversary Park. NO.12

These static pictures show the internal structure of The People’s Anniversary Park, it’s materials, slogans, and complex elements. For example metallic materials indicate China's industrial background; huge sculptures represent the power of China; the symmetry of the park's layout embodies political themes; the array of plants expresses collectivism.


3D digital drawing



The Classical Garden

This illustration shows the characteristics of traditional gardens: the perfect combination of architecture and natural landscape. The ultimate goal of the traditional Chinese garden is the harmony between man and nature. This illustration contrasts and dialogues with The Peoples Park prompting the audience to think about the reasons for this aesthetic transformation and how this reflects our political and social structures.


lead pencil



2.5D Chinese Landscape. No.1

2.5D Chinese Landscape. No.2

2.5D Chinese Landscape. No.3

2.5D Chinese Landscape. No.4

2.5D Chinese Landscape. No.5

2.5D Chinese Landscape. No.6

2.5D Chinese landscape
The work is inspired by Chinese gardens and traditional landscape paintings. In the Chinese garden, the shape each of garden door is different and each shape represents a different meaning. However, our field of vision is limited by the shape and outline of the door forcing us to imagine the extended scenery inside.

This video creates an ever-changing "window" to view the landscape. The intention is to convey to the viewer that the picture content of the landscape painting is limited, but the spirituality and association of the picture are unlimited. It is an attempt to explore Chinese aesthetics, and hopefully, the viewer will enjoy the landscape change through the "movement" window and imagine it.




2 mins video + 6 video snapshots

Morie Space. No.1

Morie Space. No.2

Morie Space. No.3

Morie Space. No.4

Morie Space. No.5

Morie Space
This work explores the boundaries between 2D and 3D. It draws on the moire pattern to create a two-dimensional world (a visual principle) that uses lines to reflect a sense of space and then makes this space "real" through visual dynamics. It uses the relationship between different walls to strengthen the sense of space. The end result is deceptive: two-dimensional or three-dimensional? This is Morie Space.




4'11'' (Video)+5 video snapshots

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