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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


물 MUL

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  

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

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