July 2013’s artist of the month goes to Ji Lee and his Word as Image project. You may recall seeing a few of these in the 23 Logos with Hidden Meanings article. Ji Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. He currently resides in New York where he works for Facebook as a communication designer.
Ji Lee says he started this project nearly 20 years ago as an assignment in his typography class where students were encouraged to see letters beyond their dull, practical functionality. The challenge was to visualize the meaning of a word, using only the graphic elements of the letters forming the word, without adding any outside parts. Ji says “The challenge was very hard, but the reward of “cracking” a word felt great. So this became a lifelong project for me.” Ji even published a book on this in 2011 called “Word as Image” that contained nearly 100 words. You can follow Ji Lee on Facebook and Twitter.