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Letters: A Code System

Letters: A Code System
with Lynne Yun


Lecture at SFPL Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Tue, Mar 5, 2019
6:00pm–7:30pm PT

At the root of its identity, the Latin alphabet is a code system. It is a series of symbols that create a visual pattern that resemble the spoken language. From Morse code to stenography, there have been numerous inventions to express letterforms that go beyond the conventional A-Z. If dots and dashes can convey the Latin alphabet, what other unconventional methods could be used to express letterforms? Once we determine what makes a letterform a cohesive system, how far can that logic stretch before it breaks? How can this way of thinking apply in our current times, where algorithms are increasingly becoming adept in predicting systems and generating patterns? We will take a sweeping survey of letterforms and visual systems to gain a new perspective on our alphabet.

This event is part of the Letterform Lecture series, co-presented by the San Francisco Public Library, and sponsored by Adobe.

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 Continuum, 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. She 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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