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, 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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