Yunjoo Lee
Yunjoo Lee
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Ascii typewriter

Ascii typewriter is a website that users can explore and customize each letter forms that consists of 30 different foregrounds and 30 different backgrounds of special characters. Selected as Core 77 Design Awards 2017 A student notable in visual communication design category for the project “Ascii Typewriter”. 

The study of letterforms

The study of letterforms

First I used this concept to explore in Korean, alphabets and geometric shapes. After this experimentation, I decided to explore 26 letterforms of the alphabet.

  The typeface was created by using 30 different foregrounds and 30 different backgrounds of special characters in 26 letter forms.     

The typeface was created by using 30 different foregrounds and 30 different backgrounds of special characters in 26 letter forms.

 

The background of letterform

The background of letterform

This is experimentation of the background of letterforms displaying all the 30 special characters in different leading with 12pt, 6pt and 1pt.

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The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog

The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog

This is example of using 30 different foreground and has same background for 26 letterforms with different leadings.

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  This is example of using one combination, of foreground and background in a sentence that displays all the letterform.

This is example of using one combination, of foreground and background in a sentence that displays all the letterform.

The Ascii typewriter

The Ascii typewriter

In order to make all the possible outcomes, I had to make 23400 letter forms, which is the calculations of 30 foreground, 30 background and 26 alphabet. After making a few hundred letterforms in indesign, I found a better way to generate all the letter forms programmatically through the website with help from my programmer friend, Heedo Kim, a student in KAIST. You can explore the website here: Go to the website