Katherine Ye

about, work, speaking, press, and so on.


My work examines the design of existing forms of representation—programming languages, visualizations, notations, interfaces, natural languages, translations, images, and modalities—applied to the invention of new forms of representation for thinking and creating.

I'm a PhD candidate in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, and have been affiliated with Princeton University, Distill (at Google Brain), MIT CSAIL, and the Recurse Center.

I write a letter on speculative nonfiction. You can also follow me on Twitter.

You can find my papers and academic talks on my research page.


Hyperbible (Ecclesiastes) | code
a novel for National Novel Generation Month

PROCESS II: a zine on creative processes featuring many wonderful contributors (mirror)
co-edited with Angela Zhou and Raymond Zhong

PROCESS I: a zine with Angela Zhou and Raymond Zhong

The antidisciplinarathon
an experimental event co-organized with folks at Topos

Twenty tiny cities
variations on cities (after Calvino)

Notes on notation and thought
a syllabus of powerful notations

Punctuation remarks
appearing in the zine Method and Apparatus

Art process shots
appearing in inter·punct's sketchbook issue


Panelist at the Arts and AI panel at the MIT Hacking Arts conference.
(Nov. 2017)

PROCESS: finding desire paths in creative interfaces
Y Conf 2017, hosted by Y Combinator Research
An experimental talk exploring pieces from the zine PROCESS II and ways they suggest improving interfaces to support creative processes.


"A few great things Recursers did in 2017," The Recurse Center, Jan. 2018.
"This code is remixing translations of the Bible to find new meanings," VICE Motherboard, Dec. 2017.
"Notes on notation and thought," front page of orange website, July 2016.
"Directions might not terminate," BLDGBLOG, Jan. 2016.

and so on

I really care about creating antidisciplinary work in which cultural production drives the production of scientific knowledge, and/or the production of scientific knowldge drives cultural production. I also care about creating communities that encourage people to do so.

I'm always interested in talking with artists, writers, improvisers, and antidisciplinary researchers. Feel free to send me an email.

Or I could send you an email first.