O Antiphons + CODE

2016 O Antiphons at The Chapel of The Resurrection at Valparaiso University.

The Bible + CODE

: a collection inspired by the Bible.

Math + CODE

: a collection by using binary tree algorithm

Photo + CODE

: a collection by using principles of photography.

Self Portraits + CODE

: a collection by my self portraits by using Mirror Library in Processing.


: a collection by using digital fabrication.

Student's works from the course, Typography and Code, at School of the Art Institue of Chicago


TYPE+CODE III is an updated version of TYPE+CODE II. It is a collection of my typographic research by using computer codes directly. It explores the aesthetic of experimental code driven typography by using Processing created by Ben Fry and Casey Reas. Initially it began with my MFA thesis, TYPE+CODE, at Maryland Institute College of Art, in 2007, and then, it has extended to my lifetime research project since I graduated. Through TYPE+CODE II, I have experimented with traditional and cultural oriented calligraphy to reinterpret into modern and contemporary typography with the computer codes. It crosses boundaries between 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 such as green design, healing through arts, exploring philosophical and religious interpretation regarding life, death and love. The updated version, TYPE+CODE III, shows the possibilities of an extension of the aesthetic of code driven typography from cyberspace to physical space by using digital fabrication and various mediums.


To implement my visual ideas, I referenced Geomerative Library and Caligraft(http://www.caligraft.com,) created by Ricard Marxer, Binary Tree Algorithm(data structure in computer science composing of parent nodes,or leaves,) L-system algorithm,simulating dimensional tree forms with fractals and the fonts, Arial, Helvetica, Stanford from http://www.jenniferdickert.com, in Processing, created by Casey Reas and Ben Fry.


2018 “Being Ignored 2.0 : Self Generative Portraits for Marginal Female Faculty of Color on US Campuses”, selected for the panel, “Women Artists, Social Issues & the Resistance”, CAA’s annual conference, Los Angles, CA
2017 “Being Ignored”, Web3D 2017 Conference, Brisbane, Australia Design Incubation Fellow, Design Incubation, NYC, NY
2017 “The Bible + CODE”, Solo Exhibition, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA
2016 "Creative Code" presented at AIGA Educators Conference, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.
2016 "Being Ignored" presented at ISEA 2016(Internatinal Sympousium on Electronic Arts), Hong Kong, China.
2016 "Creative Code" presented at ISEA 2016(Internatinal Sympousium on Electronic Arts), Hong Kong, China.
2016 "Tree 2.0 " awarded the Third Prize at Art + Science, a national jured exhibition at Indiana University East, Richmond, Indiana.
2016 TYPE + CODE, with a co-author, Ge Jin, was published through Leonardo, the Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology by MIT Press, Boston, MA.
2016 "a: beginning", "g and GREE" and "Y: womb" were published in "Data-Driven Graphic Design" written by Andrew Richardson and published by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, London, England.
2015 Featured the Article, "What Is Algorithmic Typography? Will It Replace Font Designers?" creativemarket.com.
2015 Y 4.0 awarded the Jurors Choice Award at Internatonal Digital Media and Arts’s Annual Conference, Johnson City, TN.
2014 Presented and exhibited Life 3.0: Beyond Life, part of TYPE+CODE III, at International Digital Media and Art's annual conference, IDEAS, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah.
2014 Invited to the exhibition, Bridges Seoul 2014, Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture, Gwacheon National Science Museum, Seoul, South Korea.
2014 Published through the Book, Type on the Screen, Written by Ellen Lupton, Published by Princeton Architectural Press and Maryland Institue College of Art.
2014 Participated in ARTExchange at College Art Assocation's Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
2014 Featured through the article, "Beyond romantic: Universal Love?" Cool Green Life Style.com
2013 Featured the article, "Typography+Code: Human Design Elements+Algorithmic Procedure," written by Drew Skau, Visual.ly, San Fransico, CA
2013 Presented and Exhibit TYPE+CODEII at IEEE VIS 2013 Arts Program, Atlanta, GA
2013 Selected for Alphabet Of The Future: 26 Experimental And Innovative Typographies, by the Creator's Project
2013 Invited to "Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show", Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University Bloomington, IN
2012 Featured the article,"Algorithmic Typography, Crafted Entirely With Computer Code," Fascodesign.com, NYC, NY
2012 Honorable Mention in the National Juried Exhibition: Digital Works,at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences,Loveladies, New Jersey, NY.
2012 Featured as Cover Artist in the International Design Magazine, idN, Hongkong, China.
2012 Interviewed by the Creator's Project, "Creating a New Species of Letters and Words:Q&A With Yeohyun Ahn," with Meghan Killeen.
2012 Featured the article,"Code-Driven Typography by Yeohyun Ahn," at Designboom.com in Milan, Italy.
2012 Invited to "Oriental Painting and the Contemporary Art," Prak-sis Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011 Invited to "WORDS&NUMBERS:National Juried exhibition," Union Street Gallery, Chicago Height, IL
2010 Invited to "WORDPLAY," New York Times Magazine Gallery, NYC, NY
2010 Featured as cover artist for Letter Arts Review magazine, NYC, NY
2010 TYPE+CODE Processing for Designers, by Yeohyun Ahn and Viviana Cordova , Published by Center for Design Thinking at Maryland Institue College of Art
2009 "Dimension and Typography," named "Top 5 Design Show" of 2009 by Newcity Art Chicago ISpace Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008 Designed letters of the Annual "Year in Ideas" Issue for The New York Times Magazin, NYC, NY
2007 Featured the Article, "Where Cellphones Settings Include Mood Ring," the Washington Post, Washington DC
2007 Performed "The Cell Phone Perforned:Mood," Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD
2007 MFA Thesis Exhibition, TYPE+CODE, MICA Rosenberg Gallery, Balitmore, MD
2007 Presented TYPE+CODE at AIGA Design Educators Conference 2008: Massaging Media 2: TYPE+CODE, Boston, MA
2007 Publihsed through the book, Graphics for Graphic Design: the New Basics, by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips, Published by Princeton Architectural Press
2006 Presented "the Power of Processing," AIGA Conference 2007 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena,CA
2006 Invited to "Urban Design Forest Project", Baltimore, MD

If you would have questions regarding this projects, please email me, yeoahn@gmail.com or visit the website, http://www.yeoahn.com