The intricacies and flexibility of Korea’s alphabet are animated to provide a new window into the world of international typography.
Hanguel is the official script language that binds North and South Korea. The word’s literal translation means ‘Great Letters.’ In this typography project, designer Ki-chul Song celebrates the script’s logic and its unique way of combining phonemic representation and logographs by producing a video that charts and explains how the characters are created.
According to Ki-chul Song:
“The consonants of Hangeul are easy to learn because the characters were patterned after human speech organs and the stroke-adding principle, which adds strokes to basic characters to create new characters. Thanks to these features, Hangeul is recognized as one of the most scientific and logical character sets of the information era.”
Amazingly, the 24 letters work together in a creative logic to produce 2000 syllables, all of which are delivered in the form of a squared blocks.
<iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/17723820?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0″ width=”400″ height=”225″ frameborder=”0″></iframe><p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/17723820″>Hanguel (korean alphabet)</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/samuera”>KI CHUL, SONG</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
[via Creative Roots]