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Typographic Selfie + CODE

A selfie is a form of art, with over one million taken every day. Selfies are not always as spontaneous as they seem. They can be a visual communication tool that can be manipulated for various purposes. The typographic selfie + CODE is an extension of Selfie + CODE, a collection of generative selfies taken by the author. They started taking generative selfies in 2015 to raise awareness of Asian female faculty being isolated and marginal in a predominantly white institution of America. The algorithmic processes expend the concepts of traditional self-portraits to generative selfies conveying specific thoughts or feelings. These selfies capture psychological moments to express individual identities being disrespected, devalued, and being ignored by a homogeneous institution of America; shared by social media. The virtual supporting system of ‘likes’ on Facebook, enabled them to persist and survive in a regionally segregated and exclusive community. Eventually, it has generated psychological reconciliation and healing to succeed in dealing with difficulties. It is extended to the medium of typography, titled “Typographic Selfie + CODE.” Typography is regarded as a form of art that expresses written language. Based on the type choices, different emotions and moods can be visually delivered through generative selfies. This shows possibilities when the personality of each typeface is expressive and visually appealing. 

Additional information can be found here:
http://www.typeandcode.com http://wws.selfieandcode.com

It has presented, published, and exhibited at places such as the Society of Experiential Graphic Design Summer Summit, USA, 2020; CICA Museum New Media Arts Conference, South Korea 2020; and as a solo exhibition at CICA Museum, Kimpo, South Korea, 2020.



Yeohyun Ahn

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Interaction Design University of Wisconsin Madison

Yeohyun Ahn is a designer, educator, and researcher integrating creative coding, digital fabrication, and physical interaction into spatial typography and graphic design. Her interdisciplinary typography project, TYPE + CODE Series, has been featured in the Washington Post, PRINT, the New York Times, and many other publications. Ahn’s new project, Social Homelessness on US Campuses, is a multidisciplinary art and design project intended to bring awareness to Asian female faculties in America. Immigrating to America led Ahn to become aware of social inequity, discrimination, and marginality. She currently explores generative self-portrait photographs showing social homelessness and being isolated and marginalized in professional areas of American society. This project has been presented through SIGGRAPH, ISEA, ARTECH, and IEEE GEM, etc. Ahn was a freelance graphic artist featured in the New York Times Magazine and has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.