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 PT

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 an NYC-based type designer, educator and technologist who specializes in typography, hand lettering, and calligraphy. She currently runs Space Type Continuum, a Brooklyn–based type studio. The studio operates at the intersection of type, design, and technology, specializing in creating experiential letterforms of all kinds, from typeface design to generative typography.

In previous years, Lynne has served on the board of AIGA NY and worked as a full time type designer for Monotype. Her previous endeavors include being on the board of Society of Scribes, attending the School for Poetic Computation, and working as a full-time graphic designer at Apple Inc., Publicis, and Deutsch. Lynne holds a BFA in graphic design from the School of Visual Arts, postgraduate certificate in typeface design from Type@Cooper, and a master's degree from ITP in New York University.

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