Rubik’s Cube with Chinese Characters

Check out this crazy rubik’s cube, refitted with Chinese characters, print-block style:

Shaun Chung Chinese Characters Type Cube

The only thing is, if you actually use ink with this thing to print characters, and then you twist it around, you’re going to end up with ink all over your hands all the time. Minor design issue, though. Cool concept!

Shaun Chung Chinese Characters Type Cube

The three-character combinations are designed to match lines from the 三字经 (Three Character Classic). Nice!

Thanks to Gaijintendo for pointing me to this. Photos from Makezine.

Update: Reader Pierre has pointed me to the blog entry by the creator of the Movable Type Cube.


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. 好丰富的想象力

  2. It’s looking good on the pictures. But if you really start using this Rubik’s cube, some characters will be on the side or upside down.

    • daofeishi Says: December 7, 2010 at 4:55 am

      Actually, a cube only has one “solved” state. As long as it is in the solved position, it will look right.

  3. That’s really cool! I’m going to throw one of these on my Christmas wishlist!

  4. wa! that’s awesome!

  5. That is great! I want to buy one, Can you tell where to get it?

  6. Hi John, Where could i purchase one of these? They would be an awesome conversation piece, besides being fun to mess around with! Let me know…(if you want:)….

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