Jung-Lee Type Foundry (J-LTF) is a digital platform based in Amsterdam, NL, exploring the intersection between typographic forms and emotions through various mediums. J-LTF was founded in 2015 by Jungmyung Lee. The first J-LTF website was launched on April 13, 2016, programmed by Ingo Valente. The newer website – with user-friendly functions and a Membership scheme – was programmed by Arthur Haegeman.
Real-Time Realist No. 2 – Yellow Wheel: Joy, Ecstasy, Love, and Serenity – was published in September 2019, co-edited with guest editor Lieven Lahaye and designed by Jungmyung Lee. The second issue sees the aforementioned emotions distilled into contributions by Kasia Fudakowski, Paul Haworth, Carla & Karlis, Arvo Leo, Angharad Williams, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Lieven Lahaye, Nolwenn Salaün, Mikko Varakas, David Bennewith, Anders Frederik Steen and Jean-Marc Brignot, Josse Pyl, and Jungmyung Lee.
Joseleen’s prominent wedge-shaped serifs sit heavy and walk with confidence, yet its floriated nature – looking almost like a ponytail, seen especially in the ‘K’, ‘R’, ‘Q’, and the ‘r’ – gives an elegant edge to the default set and the stylistic figure 2. However, the alternates of these letters in the figure set 1 and 3 with the hard downward-sloping legs add nuance to its straightforward nature.
Pirelli is a revival of an anonymous grotesque typeface that Karel Martens once came across. Its mostly horizontal and vertical features with a mono-line structure and an absence of flourishes give it a concise expression. Yet it has the distinctive motif of unusually high-waisted capitals, visible in all letters with bars, such as ‘E’, ‘F’, and ‘P’. This feature gives Pirelli the atmosphere of earlier Art Nouveau and Secessionist lettering. However, the radically considered high contrast between uppercase and lowercase in its width talks of today’s time.
Real-Time Realist is an experimental typography and art journal following the structure of Robert Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions. Each issue is dedicated to one segment of the wheel, representing one emotion, and distinguished by a distinctive colour. The first issue – Blue Wheel: Surprise, Distraction, Amazement, and Awe – was published in September 2017, co-edited with guest editor Charlie Clemoes, and designed by Karlis Krecers. The publication hosts contributions by Charlie Clemoes, Max Gershfield, Rudy Guedj, Mathew Kneebone, Lieven Lahaye, Carson Lee, Jungmyung Lee, Laura Pappa, Will Pollard, and Josse Pyl.
‘Dialogues’ contains a series of conversational exchanges between typefaces about their birth stories, love stories, and mid-life crises. In the Vertical Gallery at WOW Amsterdam, each wall becomes a stage for the typefaces to unfold their stories.
Typefaces: Suomi 100-Groteski (3 weights and 3 italics), Suomi 100-Antiikva (1 weight and 1 italic), in collaboration with Niklas Ekholm, Arabian Night, Impact Nieuw, Vlees Sans, and Acrobat Cloud Serif.
Photo Courtesy of Tabea Feuerstein.
The first website of J-LTF was planned during Lee’s study years (2013–2015) at the WT. After a two-year development process with designer, coder, and programmer Ingo Valente, the website jung-lee.nl went public on April 13, 2016.
Jungka was made during Lee’s study years at the Werkplaats Typografie (WT), collaboratively with Karel Martens.
It is derived from the most widely used fonts; Akzidenz-Grotesk, Helvetica, and Univers, though it is most reminiscent of Akzidenz-Grotesk. Like Akzidenz-Grotesk, its letterforms are autonomous in width and have a contemporary feel in both their curves and straight lines. Yet Jungka’s accentuated circular curves evoke a soft, friendly, and rhythmical atmosphere. Jungka shares the quality of a classically crafted sans-serif typeface by taking its formal cues from these historic predecessors. However, fine-tuning its space for text enhances legibility with a modern touch.