Experiment with the construction of hybrid letterforms, drawing inspiration from recent changes in Hangul, the Korean alphabet.
Hangul was designed in the fifteenth century to faithfully represent the sound of the Korean language. In the last century, though, Hangul has undergone enormous transformation in response to western typography and technology. What if we revert the historical process and imagine a Latin alphabet influenced by Hangul?
In the spirit of design fiction, this workshop will attempt to see what happens when the features of Hangul—from its abstract principles to superficial mannerisms—are applied to the Latin alphabet to create hybrid letterforms. After a brief introduction to Hangul, participants will generate their own original work, learning about various examples of hypothetical letterforms and writing systems along the way.
The ultimate purpose of this workshop is to understand how forms may emerge at the intersection of ideas, accidents, scenarios, and conjectures, as well as materials and technics. Incidentally, participants will also become familiar with the Hangul writing system. All materials will be provided.
Choi Sung Min is a graphic designer based in Seoul, South Korea and a professor at the University of Seoul. Min and Choi Sulki started their practice Sulki & Min in 2005 and have been working together since meeting at Yale University in 2001. Their clients include the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Seoul Museum of Art, Asia Culture Center, BMW Guggenheim Lab, Munhakdongne, and Mass Studies.
Their work is included in the permanent collection of MMCA, Gwacheon; M+, Hong Kong; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; and Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
They have lectured and taught internationally, at such institutions as Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno; Osaka University of Arts; China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; Yale University; Central Saint Martins, London; and Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam.