Signing Coders


Signing Coders is a series of workshops on creative expression with computer programming, art and poetry that focuses reaching out to youth who are deaf or hard of hearing. As an educational initiative for accessibility and diversity, the workshops are free and open to people of all age and ability. To ensure inclusive learning experience, real-time transcription will be provided along with ASL interpretation.

The first session took place on April 10, 17, 24 between 1~4pm at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York. Signing Coders workshops are taught by Taeyoon Choi, with help from an ASL interpreter and collaborators. The sessions introduce the basic concepts of computation and help students to play with basic electronics and p5.js. Class materials are available in following pages.

Invitation video by Christopher Tester and the script is available.



Code drawing example.

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Coding environment in p5.js.

The next Signing Coders will be announced for Spring 2017. Feel free to contact Taeyoon by emailing

Watch the classes in video!


Taeyoon Choi is an artist and educator based in New York City. He’s the co-founder of School for Poetic Computation and a faculty researcher at NYU ITP.  He has an extensive experience of teaching art and technology to youth and community, including Making Lab and Poetic Science Fair.  His recent project Errantic Poetry focuses on the translation between sign language and computer code. His collaboration with Christine Sun Kim was presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was an artist in residence at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, Art + Technology Lab, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


Special thanks to Christine Sun Kim, Sara Hendren, Elizabeth Ferrer (BRIC), and Kevin Egbert.


The first series of workshop at BRIC is presented as part of Whisper or Shout: Artists in the Social Sphere (March 16 – May 1, 2016), an exhibition curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, that explores the varied forms of communication and language that artists devise as strategies of protest, education, or information sharing. The exhibition recently garnered press from the New York Times.


The Signing Coders was made possible with support from NYU ITP. I’m grateful for financial and creative support from ITP community.





More pictures!