Letterform Archive – The Basics of Designing Flourishes


The Basics of Designing Flourishes

The Basics of Designing Flourishes
with Lynne Yun

Type West Public Workshop
Online Workshop at Letterform Archive
Wed–Thu, Sep 28–29, 2022
5:00pm–8:00pm PT

Good flourishing is not the result of “happy accidents.” Flourishing is most effectively employed in a systematic way that doesn't rely on spontaneity. In this two day workshop, Lynne will go over the basic rules and principles of designing the flourished line.

During this two-day online workshop (Wednesday, September 28, and Thursday, September 29), participants will examine high quality flourished work, learn how to identify basic elements of well-executed flourishes, dissect what makes good flourishing pleasing to the eye, and combine the elements to create their own designs. Additionally, the workshop will explore methods of combining flourishes in a visually pleasing way, with particular emphasis on white space and hot spot control, scale, intersecting angles, smoothness, and rhythm.

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify basic elements of well-executed flourishes
  • Dissect what makes good flourishing pleasing to the eye
  • Combine flourishing elements to create your own designs
Materials Needed
  • Grid paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Layout bond paper (Borden & Riley #37, Canson Marker Layout, or Bienfang Graphics 360)
  • 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)


Diversity & Equity Scholarship

Diversity and Equity are important to all of us at Letterform Archive, and we are committed to increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups within the type and design communities.

We are offering one BIPOC/Equity scholarship seat in this workshop.

To apply for this scholarship, please complete and submit to us the short form linked here at least a week prior to the start of the workshop.

About Lynne Yun

Lynne Yun is an NYC-based type designer and educator who specializes in typography, hand lettering, and calligraphy. She is a partner at Space Type, a Brooklyn based type studio that operates at the intersection of type, design, and technology. Lynne was previously a full time type designer at Monotype, and served on the board of AIGA NY and Society of Scribes. Prior to working at Monotype, Lynne held positions as a graphic designer at Apple Inc., Publicis, and Deutsch.

Lynne holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, 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 obtained a Masters degree from ITP at New York University. Her work has been recognized by organizations such as AIGA, Type Directors Club and the Art Directors Club.



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