Sunday, May 30, 2010

N-L T(4): Ahn Sang-soo




Ahn Sang-soo has been called the most innovative designer in contemporary Korea. Early on he focused on western-language design but then he discovered the beauty of Hangul, the native alphabet of the Korean language. He developed the first ever “out-of-frame” Hangul typeface, revolutionizing Korean typography by stretching the legibility of the characters and, like a poet, make the letters “work” harder by piling on more and more meaning or “unburdening” them of meaning. On the other hand, he also explores the functionality of the alphabet by researching and improving typography in middle school textbooks and the readability of newspaper typefaces.

Ahn Sang-soo is not only a designer but also a poet, a philosopher and linguist and a tireless educator, lecturer and curator of exhibitions. Check out more of his work at the Ahn Graphics site or read about his work an the Hangul alphabet in this article from the Theme Magazine site.



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