Translation Expanded: Japanese/English

Translation Expanded: Japanese/English is a letterform and language exploration created by Clay Cooper of the BFA Graphic Design Program at CSULB. It attempts to show how the Japanese language works and how it differs from English.

Japanese is uses three different scripts to make up the written language: Kanji (Chinese characters), Hiragana (modified Chinese characters), and Katakana (derived from Kanji, but used for translating phonetics from other languages).

The Japanese syntax order is Subject, Object, Verb. English is Subject, Verb, Object.

The web presence allows the viewer to remove and replace the scripts my clicking buttons to the right. Go there now.


Photos of the prints showing all Japanese scripts together (far left) and separated (three on right).


Showcased at Michael Osborne Design in San Francisco.

The interactive web presence is really the best way to understand how the scripts work together. Check it out!

Interpreting the Signified

Check out a Happening I just put on with a team in my graphic design class.

Deconstruction of CMYK & RGB


This is a color experiment I chose to construct for my Color Theory final. The requirements were to create 5 to 10 collages using color theory and composition. In my experiment, I show the differences in painted, printed, and scanned painted color for both RGB, and CMYK color palettes.
The left side uses only Red, Green, and Blue, the right side only Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow, and Black. The top is printed color directly from the computer, the middle is painted color, in gauche, and the bottom is the scanned gauche colors, printed. In addition, for composition I created 3 different grids that consist of two golden ratio grids positioned next to each other in different ways. The two compositions on top use grid type 1, the middle, grid type 2, and bottom grid type 3. The compositions were constructed by individually cutting shapes from the color print outs (and painted boards) and gluing them onto the gridded boards.