Ahn Sang-Soo

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Graphis #327 May/June 2000

As a leader in his nation's typography and graphic design, Ahn is showing his students and the world how the fonts he creates in Korean are about more than just improving readability: They're about real cultural power.

Hangul typefaces are difficult to set; There are 11,172 possible combinations, each nearly original, composed according to a basic rule, but refined by arbitrary aesthetics. Through his typography, Ahn is opening the eyes of the non-designing public to the inherent possibilities in their language: By his estimate, he's influenced five to ten percent of the Korean typography published today.

Image: Module of Ahn-Che

Designer: Ahn Sang-Soo