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The Trace of the Moon, by Dongchern Cin

A work based in the importance of lunar calendars in South Korea

January 19, 2016

[This is a guest post by Seoul-based graphic designer and information architect Dongchern Cin*, about his project “The Trace of the Moon”]



“The Trace of the Moon: Dal, Ryeok” is composed of two posters named “Dal” and “Ryeok”. According to the Tripitaka Koreana, the complete collection of Buddhist scriptures carved on over eighty thousand woodblocks, there is a sentence that states “Dal is human nature. Thus, Dal that is beside the cloud is bright and light” meaning that as long as one hides his own nature, he would lose his own character or attraction. Wishing to find out the losing light like a full moon, closing the past year and ushering a new year, these two posters were created. The full moon poster is for “Dal”.

The “Ryeok” poster is devised from the Chinese character “曆” meaning calculation, numeric, or diary. Stature of Moon is a numeric data from Seoul, Republic of Korea (Longitude 37.566, Latitude 126.978, GMT + 9) and is referred to ASTRONOTE.

Traditionally, lunar calendars have long been used in Asian society. They became the standard of agriculture or astronomical observation and even now many Korean people count their birthday using lunar calendar. Although the solar calendar is more widely used, this poster is devised using lunar calendar in order to make people feel the change of the season with lunar.

For this reason, the solar calendar is located in the edge while the lunar calendar is centered in the middle. By equally dividing the round with 366 lines, the changing shape of the moon based on the sun-rise time is designed. Dal flower(Moon flower) is created by visualizing the 2016 Moon’s stature and moving data. Lastly, in order to use this poster as calendar, the season name and holiday in Korea is marked and the 12 different names of the Moon in Korea is written in the left bottom of the poster.

(image: “Dal” poster : a sentence of the complete collection of Buddhist scriptures | Dongchern Cin)
(image: “Ryeok” poster : title and background information | Dongchern Cin)
(image: “Ryeok” poster : phases of the moon | Dongchern Cin)
(image: “Ryeok” poster : Daeboreum(great full moon) marked yellow and lunar movement | Dongchern Cin)
(image: “Ryeok” poster : the 12 different names of the Moon called in Korea | Dongchern Cin)
(image: “Ryeok” poster : how to read lunar data | Dongchern Cin)
(image: Dongchern Cin)



*Dongchern Cin was born in Seoul, South Korea, and is a graphic designer and information architect. He also loves collecting information design references. His background includes 20+ years of graphic design, art direction, information architect, and signage design for museum and commercial projects. You can connect with him on Facebook and also follow his Blog.

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