What's Your Type?

What’s Your Type?

Would you like to learn an easy 3-step process for choosing a font?
And to have access to the latest Type Tasting research results?

What’s Your Type? workshops are created to demystify typography and are based on research results. They use Type Tasting games and experiments to teach about type and to share the message that typography is fun and accessible. 

Bankside Design District
Wednesday 21st September, £15
Workshops last an hour; start times are 12pm, 2pm, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm.
Bedales Borough Market, 5 Bedale St, London SE1 9AL.
Please note, access to the workshop is via a spiral staircase.
(No experience is needed, booking is necessary as numbers are limited).

Roll up, roll up for a one-hour workshop that will take you on a roller coaster ride of experiments, games and demonstrations exploring the personalities of fonts. Use the Font Selfie machine to generate your own type personality analysis. Become part of the discovery process and take away your own ‘tasting notes’ that you can use in the future to help you choose fonts. We will prove that a font can transform the meaning of your words—it’s not just what you say it’s the way that you say it.

Type Tasting is involved in extensive research quantifying how we respond to different typefaces. This workshop is based on results, not opinions; you will learn how to use this knowledge to make confident font choices.

“Type Tasting surveys have given the graphic design community comprehensive information to use as hard evidence” Communication Arts magazine.

LEARN an easy 3-step process for choosing a typeface.
FIND OUT why different fonts are suitable for different occasions.
CREATE a type profile analysis chart to refer to when choosing fonts.
UNDERSTAND how a font can look cheap, expensive, calm, angry or even alter your experiences.

This workshop is ideal for:
• design students.
• the typographically curious.
• designers interested in a fun refresher session based on latest research results.

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Vetements, Brioni and Kanye Agree: It’s Gothic Time
New York Times, August 9th
By Max Berlinger

“It’s been used for some of the most sacred texts in the Western world,” said Michael Bierut, a partner at the design firm Pentagram and a senior critic at the Yale School of Art. “At the same time, it’s used by biker gangs, street gangs, heavy-metal groups and death-metal groups. It seems like Satan has come to own it more than God.”

Thanks to its longevity, the typeface has accrued a wide range of cultural associations and the versatility to convey both a sense of reverential authority and rebellion. “I think there’s always that double edge, a duality that goes on in everything,” said Sarah Hyndman, the author of “Why Fonts Matter.”

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Typographic Time Machine drop in creativity at the V&A

Could you make a letter look like it is swaggering straight out of the Wild West of a century ago, or like it has travelled from the era of fairy tales and knights in shining armour, or like it has been beamed down from a space ship in the future?

Drop in and customise a letter to recreate a moment in time—past, present or future. This is a great excuse to roll up your sleeves and get creative playing with fonts and lettering. Please add your completed letter to the display on the wall, which will grow throughout the weekend to create an exciting, evolving collection designed to transport viewers through time and typography.

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Sat 17th and Sun 18th September, 10am-5.30pm
Free, drop in workshop, suitable for all ages
V&A, Design Studio, Learning Centre, Level 3

An online gallery of your letters will be featured on social media as the exhibition grows. Share a photo of your finished letter with #TimeType.

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Sponsored by Monotype, providing fonts and technologies that bring the world’s words to the page and screen.


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Dalston Type Safari

Last chance to see this sign before the new tenants cover it over? Final 2016 Dalston Type Safaris departing 5th and 16th August booking now.

Signage is ever-changing as businesses come and go, areas transform, or fashions and tastes change. If you stand for a few moments in one place in a town or city and look around you will find that the letterforms on the signs combine to create a unique snapshot of the area that represents it at that specific moment in time. This is the fourth year that I have taken people on guided walks through Dalston and the one guarantee is that there will always be change. Sometimes a new sign appears and it is difficult to remember what was there before, other times I feel a heart-wrenching sadness when a favourite vanishes without warning. The Mockingbird sign was hand painted by Peter Hardwicke, but now all that remains of the letters are the slight raised edges as if embossed into the new layer of paint that now covers them.

Dalston Type Safari

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Continuing professional development (CPD)   Continuing professional development (CPD)

Now, more than ever before, it is vitally important that you continue to develop your abilities and skills. Prioritising your ongoing professional growth will promote a successful career that excites and fulfils you. It will also equip you to adapt to change—as technology and working practices evolve at an accelerating pace, entire professions can find themselves disrupted, and we all find ourselves working in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

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Continuing professional development (CPD) is the process of identifying, documenting and reflecting on your progress, beyond your initial training. You are choosing to make your learning conscious and proactive, rather than being passive and reacting to changing circumstances. You identify your key goals then document your experiences and learnings. If you work solo this is a highly effective way of managing your own progress in place of supervision and appraisals.

It is of great benefit for organisations to invest in the professional development of their employees because they retain key staff, develop skills and knowledge within the organisation, establish an enthusiastic working environment that values creative thinking, and they maintain a sustainable and competitive advantage.

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AIGA Eye on Design

How Type Can Tell the History of Your City
A London designer leads a tour of her neighborhood signage
By Ellen Himelfarb for AIGA’s Eye on Design.

**BOOK HERE for the final two Dalston Type Safaris taking place this year**

“On a recent Tuesday evening, I followed Sarah Hyndman around Dalston, one of London’s most creative and fast-gentrifying neighborhoods. Her so-called Dalston Type Safari hadn’t sounded like the most exotic endeavor, to this local, at least. It resembled a safari insofar as we roamed among native creatures, some growling to themselves, and kept alert for dangerous beasts of the wheeled variety.

“Yet Hyndman, author of Why Fonts Matter and an expert on the psychology of typefaces, came armed with vast amounts of wisdom (and a tote stuffed with gummy treats, popcorn, and hand-pressed postcards, lending it all a staycation vibe). I think we all came away as enlightened as if we’d been abroad and back.”

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London Design Festival 2016

The Bankside Design District will become a vibrant hub of typography and lettering for the London Design Festival this September. Type Tasting’s Type & Wine Tasting and What’s Your Type? workshops will be accompanied by a host of events from Better Letters and others. These include an intensive Hand Lettering Workshop from the inimitable Mike Meyer, a large Light Capsules x Ghostsigns projection and the launch of the new Bankside Ghostsigns Walk App.

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Typography and Lettering events in Bankside Design District for the London Design Festival, 17th to 25th September 2016.

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