Yeyoung Cho

Yeyoung Cho is a communication designer based in New York and Seoul working in identity & information design, ux/ui, and installation. She is currently graduate candidate at Parsons MFA Design and Technology in New York.


Hangul Type Experimentor

Hangul Type Experimentor is an algorithmic typesetting, which simplifies the manipulation of the Hangul elements for Korean communication designers.

This thesis project is about Experimental Hangul (Korean) Typography and it’s called Hangul Type Experimentor, an algorithmic typesetting for Korean communication designers. To create a single Hangul typeface, designers need 11,172 Hangul elements. Most of the times, the number is intimidating and limiting the design practice and experimentation in Hangul typography. The purpose of this project is to make the process much more efficient and expand the limitation by using technology. The Hangul (Korean) typography system is inherently architectonic. The letters are grouped into blocks and this makes differences between the surfaces of each letter element; also how they join is different from how they make blocks. It is an organization of different parts. In terms of building a language, this blocking system makes Hangul very distinctive, and that is where I see the similarity between the Hangul system and architecture; also there is the possibility of manipulating its structure for experimentation. Therefore, I am drawing from methods of formal deconstruction in architecture.