Alphabet Revolution, Typographic Revolution: The Process of Designing a Typeface for a Specific Language
In 1928 the Turkish alphabet was changed dramatically overnight from Arabic to Latin. Every Turkish font since then has been a copy of Western fonts. However, Turkey has its unique linguistic pattern and frequencies. In my lecture, I will explain the process that I went through to develop a new typeface for Turkish, regarding methods that could be essential for creating a font in a specific language. Typefaces are not just about research, so I also examine the aesthetics and how it is possible to create a contemporary font that incorporates cultural and historical references.
About Anıl Aykan
Anıl Aykan is a London-based graphic designer and educator, originally from Istanbul. She graduated from the Graphic Design Department of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and completed her Ph.D. at the same university on typography. She was a teaching assistant and tutor in several universities in Istanbul, since 2014 she has been working as a graphic designer at Barnbrook in London. Her expertise is in editorial design, working with internationally renowned clients such as Victoria & Albert Museum, Phaidon, Rizzoli, Thames & Hudson, and Somerset House. She is also a member of the minimal electronic band Fragile Self.
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