Hyoun Youl Joe Dankook University Seoul South Korea – I Used to Be a Design Student

SOUTH KOREAN

Hyoun Youl Joe

STUDENT YEARS

6

A PIECE OF SOUND ADVICE + A SINGLE WARNING TO A DESIGN STUDENT

Be generous in experimentation and have confidence + Be honest about your work

FAVOURITE FOOD THEN

Korean

YOUR MOST VALUED POSSESSION THEN

Books

YEAR OF PROJECT

2003

STUDENT PROJECT BRIEF

A research project about Hanguel’s each-phoneme system. For the project, I designed a new font based on the typeface that Kim-Do-Bong designed as a proposal for the each-phoneme writing system.

COLLEGE

Dankook University, Seoul (South Korea)

TUTOR(S)

Professors at the college and classmates of mine

COLLABORATOR(S)

Mostly classmates

TECHNOLOGY

Offset print for the poster and book

TIME SPENT

Approx. 3 months as a research project

TYPEFACE

Kim-Do-Bong Bold. I designed the font and, based on that, have since proposed a new Korean typeface system.

WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS PROJECT?

I was totally into the Korean typography system at that time. I wrote a B.F.A. thesis entitled The Possibility of Each-Phoneme System of Hanguel. I also designed a Korean typeface – Kim-Do-Bong, which has a different typographic system. I spent a lot of time writing the research paper and designing the font.

WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE ABOUT IT?

This was very time-consuming and I feel that it needs even more research to support the point I was trying to make.

OUTCOMES

Understanding Korean typography – its character, structure, system and history.

FEEDBACK

Positive: modernity, simplicity, dryness. Negative: simplicity, dryness, lack of function.

PROJECT SIMILARITIES THEN AND NOW

Formal approach of dealing with typography.