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The Ideas of

Water Age Water Age, at its core, is about lost connections, and new ones. It concerns itself with time, and its effect on water and us. It is truly about the journey of water through the ages, through our eyes. By scrutinizing the environment and forms in which water exist with us today, the transient nature of water in every sense, is being magnified. What exactly has passed though? And what is it that is now? This book goes back in history in search of forms that once had immense relationship with man through exploring language of the past.

Water Age

WATER This is how ‘water’ was written in ancient egyptian hieroglyphs. It is the direct reference for early non-pictographic writing systems

YU This is the Oracle bone script writing for ‘yu’, the chinese character for rain

みず MI ZU This is how ‘water’ is written and pronounced in kun yomi (native japanese read)

MAYIM This is ‘water’ in Hebrew language. It is based upon the 13th alphabet, ‘Mem’ (m), which in turn was derived from egyptian hieroglyphics

BAN NYU This is how ‘Water’ is written in Hanacaraka, an ancient javanse script based on a poem about 2 warriors

MEM The Phoenicians took the egyptian hieroglyph for ‘water’ and simplified it, naming it ‘Mem’, their word for water

PAANI This is how we write ‘water’ in standard hindu today

MAK ‘Mak’ represents water in arabic. It constitutes the characters ‘meem’,’ alif’ and ‘ain’, of which ‘meem’ derives itself from phoenician alphabet, ‘mem’ which represents water


This is how ’water’ is represented in Korean (Hangul). Hangul is widely classified as a Language Isolate, one that has no demonstrable derivation from other languages

MIM This is how ‘water’ was written in Aramaic. Derived from Phoenician script, it is the direct ancestor of modern Hebrew and Arabic script

Water Age - Book Spreads  
Water Age - Book Spreads  

The entire spread for the the visual book done for the Water Age project for Graphic Design 3, ADM NTU module