I'm wondering how much freedom a designer has of a Chinese character, if they must make every stroke exactly in the correct position and thickness and direction and shape and everything, or if they can have some freedom in where it's placed, its orientation, emphasis/focusability in the context of the whole character, etc.

I would like to know how much creative freedom you have in designing a custom look and feel for a Chinese character.

I'm looking at for example the variation in styles here, but other than thickness of the character strokes they all look pretty similar. You don't see highly custom designs like you do with the Latin alphabet, which is the reason for the question. Even this modern sans-serif font looks similar to the others. This was helpful.


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Actually there is a lot of styles when it comes to handwriting. You can check out this page https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E4%B8%AD%E5%9B%BD%E4%B9%A6%E6%B3%95. It can be quite hard to understand sometimes. like this one https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E8%8D%89%E4%B9%A6 .

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