Certificate Core: Calligraphy as a Tool for Prototyping Letterforms

Certificate Core: Calligraphy as a Tool for Prototyping Letterforms
with Lynne Yun

Type West Certificate Program
Workshop at Letterform Archive
Sat, Mar 2, 2019
10:00am–5:00pm PDT

Ever been stuck while trying to come up with letterform ideas for logo or type designs? Often the best way to get unstuck from a creative block is to start experimenting with ink and paper. In this workshop, we will examine the principles of calligraphy and explore how we can use them to rapidly generate ideas for letterforms. Using both conventional and unconventional writing tools, we will use analog methods to spark creative ideas and discuss how we can construct visual rhythm.

Required Materials
  • Grid paper
  • Tracing paper or layout bond paper (Borden & Riley #37, Canson Marker Layout, or Bienfang Graphics 360)
  • Thick stock paper larger than 11x17 (e.g. Bristol or Watercolor paper)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil and sharpener or mechanical pencil with refills
  • Eraser
  • Tape (artist’s or masking)
  • 1-2mm chisel tip marker or pen (e.g., Sakura Pigma calligraphy markers, Zig calligraphy chisel tip markers, chisel tip fountain pen, etc)
  • Non-waterproof ink (black, walnut, or other dark color)
  • Shallow dish or bowl for ink

Note: This workshop is only open to students enrolled in the Type West Certificate Program in Type Design.

About Lynne Yun

Lynne Yun is a NYC-based type designer and educator who specializes in typography, hand lettering, and calligraphy. She is a board member of AIGA NY and was previously a full time type designer at Monotype. During her tenure, she created custom typefaces for clients and a number of retail typefaces, including the Trade Gothic Display and Inline families. Prior to working at Monotype, Lynne held positions as a graphic designer at companies such as Apple Inc. and served on the board of Society of Scribes, a non-profit organization dedicated to calligraphy in NYC. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and a postgraduate certificate in typeface design from the Type@Cooper Extended Program. In pursuit of technology in relation to letterforms, she attended the School for Poetic Computation residency program and is now working on a masters degree at ITP in New York University. Her work has been recognized by organizations such as AIGA, Type Directors Club and Art Directors Club, notably the Ascenders award which honors designers under the age of 35 who show remarkable achievement in typography, type design, and lettering.