LDF V&A volunteers

Would you like to volunteer to be on the Type Tasting team for the pop-up event at the V&A for the London Design Festival? I’m looking for a few more brilliant people to join us and to help to make this event a show-stopping one to remember.

Roles include helping to build the tasting booths/games in advance; to set up/clear the room on the Saturday and Sunday; somebody to live tweet the event; and enthusiastic people to man the booths/games.

If you are available for the weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th of September, and possibly a couple of days/evenings before the event then please get in touch with me (sarah-at-typetasting.com) and let me know why you would like to be a part of this event?

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Open your eyes, look up and discover ‘ghostsigns’, the fading remains of hand-painted advertising on walls.

Sam ‘ghostsigns’ Roberts leads tours of these faded signs in Stoke Newington in North East London, just down the road from the Type Tasting studio. For the London Design Festival this year he is leading a new walk through the streets of Southwark in South London hunting for the fading remains of painted signs from years gone by. The tour will reveal some of London’s most iconic signs, exploring the local, advertising and design history that they convey.

Bankside Ghostsigns Walk for the London Design Festival
Monday 21 September, 2.00-4.00pm, meeting at Shipwrights Arms, 88 Tooley Street, SE1 2TF
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If you prefer your sign painting fresh off the brush you can try your hand at painting letters in the iconic surrounds of Borough Market with sign legend Mike Meyer “paint, brushes, lettering and laughs guaranteed”. To tie in with this there is a double-bill screening of the Sign Painters movie and 21st Century Victorian, a short film about UK signwriter and fairground artist Joby Carter who says that as a fairground signwriter he considers himself to be a showman. Find out more.

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Have you ever wondered what a font might smell or taste like? Or what your choice of font says about your personality?

Join innovative type expert Sarah Hyndman to explore a series of multi-sensory Type Tasting games with type at the V&A for the London Design Festival with Design Week. Profile the personalities of typefaces; explore whether a font can make a product more expensive, more enjoyable, and how it could even alter the taste of what you eat. Find out which typefaces you would date, ditch or be ‘just good friends’ with and go home with your own Font Fortune. Sarah is the founder of Type Tasting and author of ‘The Type Taster’.

Type Tasting
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September 1-4pm
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

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The Type Taster: How Fonts Influence You by Sarah Hyndman has become a self-publishing success story. It was published in February 2015 to great reviews and has now been picked up by Penguin/Random House who will publish the next edition early in 2016. This is a book about why fonts matter written for type consumers—all of us—which brings the appreciation of fonts to a wider audience.

The self-published edition has exclusive features and is now only available for a limited time. It includes a pair of ‘font goggles’ (3D glasses), which you can use to reveal the ‘secret’ messages communicated by fonts.

This limited edition comes in five cover options: each features a different font and you can read your personality analysis based on your cover choice. With only 400 of each cover the two most popular are selling out fast.

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