Present Continuous: Reflections on Chinese Typography

with YuJune Park, Caspar Lam

To evaluate the uneven, non-linear history of Chinese typography is to reevaluate the notion of typography itself: tradition and precedence, image versus text, and machine versus the hand. Chinese type radically reconfigures these assumptions and creates conditions difficult for its visual expression. How might we begin to solve these challenges and find new ways of making?

This talk took place Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 10:30am as part of the main Typographics conference schedule.

About YuJune Park

Present Continuous: Reflections on Chinese Typography

YuJune Park is the BFA Director and Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Parsons School of Design and the co-founder of Synoptic Office. Her work has been recognized by the AIGA, the I.D. Annual Design Review, the Art Director’s Club Awards, iDN, It’s Nice That, Etapes, the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, and the Ningbo Museum of Art.

YuJune holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and a BFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has trained under, worked for, freelanced and collaborated with several studios including Base Design, 2x4, Project Projects, Mother NY, Graphic Thought Facility, and Pentagram for a variety of clients including the Museum of Modern Art, Milk Studios, the Davis Museum, and the AIGA.

About Caspar Lam

Present Continuous: Reflections on Chinese Typography

Caspar Lam is a designer and writer. He is a co-founder of Synoptic Office, a multidisciplinary design studio operating in the space between graphic, interaction, spatial and product design. The studio’s work has been exhibited internationally and recognized by Fast Company Design, iDn, Neshan, Etapes, It’s Nice That, and the Muckenthaler Gallery.

Caspar holds an MFA from Yale and degrees in biology and design from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked with the Guggenheim Museum, the Yale School of Architecture, and Li, Inc. on fashion brands including Ohne Titel and Vogue China. He also created and led the Labs research and design initiative at Artstor to develop new products related to digital cataloguing, metadata, publishing and new media. Adobe, AIGA, and ID Annual Design Review have recognized his work. He has been a visiting critic at the Hong Kong Design Institute and served as an Adjunct Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University’s GSAPP. Caspar currently teaches at Parsons the New School for Design.

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