한글 [Hangul]1
Information Design, Poster, Digital art/2006

The main subject of this project is Hangul, the Korean language. I focused on the unique features of Hangul, typographical aspects, and original linguistic structural principles.

In the oriental world, the universe is based on the workings of Yin and Yang and the five elements theory. Hangul embodies the philosophy, where the vowels are taken from the Yin and Yang principle and the consonants - from the five elements theory (Wood, Earth, Metal, Fire and Water). This profound philosophical base sets Hangul apart from other languages.

The guiding principles behind the invention of Hangul are expressed in the Poster in an information structure. The vowels appear in achromatic colors and the consonants in chromatic colors. For example, the consonants ‘ㅁ,’ ‘ㅂ,’ ‘ㅍ,’ ‘ㅃ’ are the sounds that get stronger and thicker, when we add more strokes to a consonant. That’s why I made these letters with a tint of yellow, which translates as ‘earth(土)’ in Chinese. The vowels are divided into the sounds of day and night. Starting from the vowels ‘ㅡ’ and ‘ㅣ,’ I created the rest of the vowels ‘ㅣ,’ ‘ㅏ,’ ‘ㅑ,’ ‘ㅐ,’ and ‘ㅒ’ so they represent the day and night, with the rightmost one the brightest, as the stroke is added.


Hangul can express as many pronunciations can be created the largest number of colors.
The wide range of pronunciations in Hangul is similar to the vast number of possible colors.