The DENG Legacy

The DENG Legacy - student project

I decided to make a crest for my family, the DENG family. DENG is a transcription of (simplified Chinese character) or (traditional Chinese character). My grandfather has told me that my family history can be traced back to 1880 since I was a child. However, I never thought that our ancestors had been lived in my hometown area for more than a thousand years until I start to work on this project.



I came from a small county in China called Huaiji in ZhaoQing province. Even though I call it small county, there are more one million of the population in that town. Huaiji is famous for Yanyan, a beautiful cavern with an underground river runs through the cave. Every year, millions of Cave Swiftlet will come back to Yanyan and spend the summer inside the cavern.

The DENG Legacy - image 1 - student project

The DENG Legacy - image 2 - student project


Moreover, then I look through the history of DENG surname, and I found the oldest totem of DENG, which was written in Chinese Bronze inscriptions. I decided to put an armor flag on this family crest because there was always a flag that marks the surname of the general during the war in ancient China. 

The DENG Legacy - image 3 - student project


I reorganized all those materials that I gathered. I did a quick sketch for the crest with a basic layout and then started to work in Illustrator. Here is the final version I came up with: 

The DENG Legacy - image 4 - student project

And some applications as well. 

The DENG Legacy - image 5 - student project


The DENG Legacy - image 6 - student project


Thank you for watching! 


Waner Deng
Graphic Designer | Digital Marketer