A Type Tasting thank you and here’s to 2014

Thank you to everybody joined in with Type Tasting’s first year…

To all of you test pilots who threw yourselves into the unknown so enthusiastically, the brilliant volunteers, everybody who came along to the big public Type Tastings, or booked bespoke tastings for your organisations. To those of you who submitted such beautiful work for the exhibition at the V&A, and everybody who tweeted, blogged, reviewed and wrote about it. Thank you also for all the encouragement, enthusiasm, commissions, challenges and the invitations. Cheers! Sarah.

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Type Tasting launched officially on Valentine’s Day 2013 with an evening of Typographic Swearing ‘n’ Cussing. By contrast 50 year six kids participated in a typographic tour of Hoxton Hall’s history in with Hackney Wow.

You’ve taken Type Safaris through Islington and Dalston, talking typography and booze making for a perfect combination. And at the busy workshop at Pick Me Up at Somerset House we created a wall of inventively customised letters which had great feedback.

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The question ‘what’s the future of type?‘ prompted diverse responses on Twitter, in Design Week, Creative Review and at the event at the St Bride Library. The next event was Type Tasting with the London Design Festival at the V&A with stunning submissions for the exhibition.

Heroes Ralph Steadman and Alan Kitching generously created pieces for the exhibition at the V&A—picking up the phone the day Steadman rang for a chat is one of my personal highlights. And the buzzing weekend of workshops was lively and well attended, exceeding all expectations.

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Talking typography live on BBC’s Today programme was only made possible by pretending nobody would really be listening, the interview on The Arts Hour was more fun. The Type & Sound workshop has been the most booked as a creative refresher, above is a photo from the day the Interbrand design team came to play.

I think most designers began their love of typography as they discovered music and record covers. I was delighted to be asked to explore this topic by Artrocker magazine. And just as delighted when the Eye Magazine staff sat down and did a proper tasting of the Type Tasting edible type, the full review can be read here.

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To the future… There are two Dalston Type Safari’s coming up, click here for details and to BOOK NOW! The next big adventure will be to run a Type Tasting workshop day at SXSW in Austin, Texas in March.

2014 will also be the year of writing a book so save space on that bookshelf. The diary is starting to fill up quickly, so if your group or organisation would like to book a Type Tasting please get in touch with sarah@typetasting.com