HANTIN A Type Specimen
Nov 2017

HANTIN is a hybrid modular typeface that combines of Hangul and Latin letter forms and writing systems. This typeface enables a reader to understand Latin phonetic sounds without needing to study English beforehand. Conversely, the typeface also allows a reader to understand Korean phonetic sounds without the need to study Korean.

This book explores the principle of making a Hangul and Latin hybrid typeface: HANTIN. Exploring its possible applications, this book is an analytic way to harmonise characters from different writing systems and their origins. This research is not about how to set typographies from different scripts together, but about how typographies from different script origins can be combined and redesigned. In the making process, two different approaches have been attempted: a sound matching hybridisation approach and a form (structure) hybridisation approach. This book aims to help to understand ways of using HANTIN A and B, as well as the development process.

HANTIN A(center) is arranged by following the Korean writing system and allows English speakers to read Korean. The Korean writing system is phonemic writing system which the consonants and vowels arranged on the horizontal, or vertically up or down, which gives Korean writing it’s distinctive form for individual words. In HANTIN A, the phonetic sounds represented by Korean characters are matched with Latin letter counterparts. The HANTIN A alphabet is produced by overlaying glyphs with corresponding phonetic sounds.

HANTIN B(right) writes both alphabets in the linear Latin writing system. In this way, Korean speakers can read Latin letters. In HANTIN B, the phonetic sounds that are represented by specific Latin letters are matched with corresponding sounds in the Korean alphabet. Each letterform in the HANTIN B alphabet is then created by overlaying the two glyphs that share phonetic sounds






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