Yeohyun Ahn

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Digital Media
Communication Department, Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, Indiana

Yeohyun Ahn is a typographer, interactive designer, and educator in pursuit of visual innovation throughout the collaboration between art, design and technology. Her works have been featured through PRINT, New York Times Magazine, the Creator’s Project,,,,, etc. Her works have been published through "Graphic Design: New Basics," and "Type on Screen," in 2014. Her works have been exhibited in South Korea, Japan, and the United States. She received Graduate Fellowship from the MFA Program at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009. She worked as a freelancer graphic artist in the New York Times Magazine. Now she is teaching Typography and Code at the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

Y Ver2.0
Y Ver2.0
24 inch x 32 inch x 0.25 inch
Typography by Processing and Digital Fabrication on MDF

It is a part of my visual research, TYPE+CODEIII. It is a generative typography by using Binary Tree Algorithm. A binary tree is a tree data structure in which each node has at most two children. I chose the letter, Y, as a part of my name, Yeohyun Ahn, and created experimental visual textures on the outline of the letterform, Y. I referenced Geomerative Library to figure out the positions to construct the letterform, Y, based on a seed font, Arial. The experimental visual textures were implemented by using Binary Tree Algorithm. It was engraved on MDF by using digital fabrication technique.

24 inch X 24 inch X 1.5 inch
Typography by using Processing in the reference of L-system Algorithm and Digital Print on Canvas

TYPE+CODE III is a collection of my typographic research by using computer codes directly. It explores the aesthetic of experimental code driven typography by Processing created by Ben Fry and Casey Reas. It is inspired by calligraphy, graphic art, typography, and computer art. I use letterform, words phrases, and sentences to explore innovative typographic forms and solutions by using mathematic expressions, computer algorithms such as Binary tree and L-system and libraries. They convey diversified visual messages inspired by nature, addressing environmental issues, healing through arts, exploring philosophical and religious interpretation regarding life, death and love incorporating with various mediums and digital fabrication.