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Hello I’m Sarah Hyndman, a multisensory type expert, graphic designer and author of ‘Why Fonts Matter’. I’ve been researching the perception of typography for the last five years and I’m excited that I now have enough results to start publishing them.

My plan is to write, design and publish a series of small books to document the process and share the results of each topic, while also continuing with the research. This will take time and money; to analyse the data, write and design the books, and to have them printed.

Click here to find out more, and discover how you can be part of the exclusive community that will make this happen.

This is the third and final instalment reviewing Type Tasting in 2017: judging, the Type Tasting pop-up lab, publications and interviews.

Type Tasting founder Sarah Hyndman has continued her mission to make typography relevant and engaging beyond the world of design, and continues to work on proof-of-concept ideas to show that design can create positive change. She has judged design awards, the Type Tasting pop-up lab has continued to gather data, both her latest book and a new collaborative study have been published and she has appeared in interviews from The Times to Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.

Judging
Sarah has been involved with the D&AD for a number of years; as a judge for their professional and student design awards, and as a bespoke typography course lead. She continues to work with students and was delighted to be invited to judge the Penguin student book cover awards this year.

• D&AD professional design awards 2017 (Yellow Pencil: Type Voice by Ogilvy New York)
• Penguin student book cover awards 2017 (winner: Madalyn Farley, Kingston University)

Pop-up Lab
Sarah has been researching perception of typefaces and multisensory typography for four years, both online and at events. The Type Tasting pop-up lab has appeared at a number of events this year to gather data both for scientific studies and a future book that Sarah will begin writing next year. Thank you to everybody who has taken part.

• Oxford Symposium (Hacking flavour perception: Design, technology, & gastrophysics)
• Stoke Newington Literary Festival
• Tate Modern
• Victoria & Albert Museum
• Shoreditch House

“A fascinating insight into how type can influence our feelings, our senses, and even our taste” Professor Charles Spence, University of Oxford

Published
The second of Sarah’s books were published this year, with a well-attended launch event at the Tate Modern and an appearance on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch as their typography expert.
How to Draw Type & Influence People: An Activity Book by Sarah Hyndman, Laurence King Publishing. D&AD illustration award entry.

The latest collaborative study with Professor Charles Spence of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the University of Oxford has also been accepted for publication, this is the first to use data gathered by the pop-up lab earlier in the year.
The role of typeface curvilinearity on taste expectations and perception’ by Carlos Velasco, Sarah Hyndman (Type Tasting) & Professor Charles Spence (Department of Experimental Psychology, University Oxford), 2018, International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science.

Interviews and appearances
A selection of interviews from live television to ones printed in real, inky newspapers.
• Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch interview
• Monocle Weekly Radio interview
• i Newspaper ‘Just your type: Can the science behind the subconscious influences of different fonts be harnessed to make us think and eat differently?’
It’s Nice That ‘“Type alters what you smell” and other insights from Sarah Hyndman’s latest type-based research
The Times ‘Using right fonts on labels could tackle obesity’
Design Week ‘It’s easy to see typography as an invisible discipline’
The Guardian ‘Just my type: how Cooper Black became 2017’s most fashionable font’
Total Film ‘Type Cast. What does a film poster’s typography tell us?’
Grafik Magazine ‘Unknown Pleasures’
The Bookseller ‘Type Tasting’

Would you like to commission a talk, workshop or event?
Get in touch with Sarah Hyndman

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This is the second instalment reviewing Type Tasting in 2017: corporate workshops, sponsored workshops and drop-in events (read part 3 here).

This year Type Tasting founder Sarah Hyndman has created workshops and events for a range of dynamic and innovative clients. Workshops have taken place at adidas HQ in Germany, for Design Thinkers in Toronto and at Tate Modern. Sessions have been created to launch the new BumbleBizz app with a workshop for entrepreneurs, as a teambuilding ‘Fight Club’ evening at WGSN, at the Wellcome Collection and for the D&AD.

Corporate workshops
Sarah trains communications agency teams how to better connect with their audiences through understanding the psychology of typography and communication, often with a design thinking challenge built into the session. All sessions are participatory and hands-on, packed with games and activities that invite participants to become a part of the discovery process

• adidas HQ Germany
• Frukt
• Hodder
• RMIT Melbourne
• Springett’s
• Totally Money
• WGSN

“The trainer was absolutely amazing! Such an interesting person who is obviously so passionate about what she does. Lots of short activities to figure things out for ourselves. Very interactive, loved all the visual elements and the games” WGSN

“I’ve often found typography intimidating. However, your research made it relatable, exciting and really quite funny. We were all buzzing after your workshop” Isabel Doraisamy, RMIT Melbourne

“Really interesting—like a mini TED talk with activities” WGSN

Sponsored workshops and drop-in events

Sarah teaches entrepreneurs how to use fonts to communicate their brand and how to create their own visual voice on social media.
She also creates masterclasses, break-out sessions and pre/post talk activities. Participants are guided through the layers of an experience that will inform, entertain, and engage their curiosity. Preconceptions and assumptions are questioned and activities are created to tell the story of a brand or product experience.

• BumbleBizz Launch event
• Design Thinkers Toronto for Monotype
• Letterform Live #VinylType for Monotype
• Shoreditch House for the D&AD Festival
• Tate Modern book launch event for Laurence King
• V&A Museum for the London Design Festival
• Wellcome ‘Language Lab’ workshop
• Wellcome: Type Triage activity and display

“Tasting, smelling, listening to and even saying type! Mind blowing workshop” Sally Henderson, Micklegate Design

“So interesting, so brilliantly delivered and such a clever structure. My D&AD festival highlight” Ruth Yearley, Partner. Direct or Of Insight & Strategy, Ketchum

Would you like to commission a talk, workshop or event?
Get in touch with Sarah Hyndman

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Photos by Benjamin Glean (corporate workshops and sponsored sessions); Graham Sturt (corporate workshops); David Owens (sponsored sessions).

This is the first instalment of a review of 2017—a busy and exciting year in which Type Tasting has popped up in prestigious locations both in the UK and abroad (read part 2 here).

Type Tasting founder Sarah Hyndman is on a mission to make typography relevant and engaging for all, she also believes that design can create positive change. Sarah specialises in making a complex topic accessible with originality, humour, a dash of theatre and lashings of audience participation. This year she has spoken at the launch of a new watch, a fragrance conference, she has been interviewed by The Times and on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. She has created an immersive exhibition for the British Academy, and run workshops for adidas, BumbleBizz, Wellcome and WGSN. The Type Tasting pop-up lab also gathered data for the latest collaborative study with the team from the University of Oxford, and her latest book was published.

Public speaking
Sarah’s interactive talks are packed with games and demonstrations that inform, entertain and challenge preconceptions. She has been a guest speaker at events such as the recent Mondaine watch press launch, the Fragrance Forum conference, and has spoken in Canada, Denmark, and India.

• Design Thinkers Toronto
• Fragrance forum, London
• Glug Birmingham
• Mondaine watch press launch pre-dinner talk
• Northern Design Symposium, Newcastle
• We Love Graphic Design, Copenhagen
• W.I. Fulham & Chelsea, London
• University of Wolverhampton

“Sarah is a fantastic speaker – she engages audiences with a brilliant mix of warmth, good humour and real insight into her subject matter – in which she is expert. She quickly warmed up a noisy crowd and had them eating out of her hand, everyone taking part (almost unheard of) and I only heard good things about her talk afterwards Luke Tonge, Glug curator

“Insightful and entertaining…a tricky synergy to pull off – bravo!” Laura Piche, Design Thinkers Toronto

“It was great!! The audience erupted with laughter during your talk” Lisa Hassell, Glug organiser

“Just loved your typography karaoke” Amelia Roblin, Design Thinkers Toronto

Exhibitions
Sarah collaborates with exciting and innovative people such as Tasha Marks of AVM Curiosities, as well as perfumers, composers, chefs and scientists. Together they create interactive exhibitions and experiential events that take participants on a multisensory journey, immersing them in typography and culture.

British Academy ‘Pride, Prejudice & Perceptions’; an interactive exhibition and Lates event held in May. This is an interactive sensory exploration of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, created by AVM Curiosities & Type Tasting for the British Academy’s Literature Week. Taking inspiration from the typography found in three editions of this classic novel, Pride, Prejudice & Perceptions uses type, sound, sight and scent to serve one story three ways.

“A thoughtful and contemporary way of deconstructing Pride and Prejudice” Marisa Smith, The British Academy

“Beautiful and so original, I could have spent hours looking (and hearing and smelling)” Tora Orde-Powlett, Penguin Books

“Black lobster and Jane Austen—of course! And the aroma of the printing press mingled with violet and patchouli oil scented books, it is a sensory delight” Rosalind Freeborn

Would you like to commission a talk, workshop or event?
Get in touch with Sarah Hyndman

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Photos by Jonathan Cherry (main public speaking photo taken at Glug Birmingham); Pride, Prejudice & Perceptions by the British Academy.

 

You are invited to our Type Tasting Christmas Open Studios Weekend on 25th & 26th November from 11am-5pm. The Chocolate Factory N16, Farleigh Place (off Farleigh Road), London N16 7SX.

There will be something experimental taking place in the Pop-up Lab. The studio will be full of all things typography—to look at and to buy. Including signed copies of Sarah’s books, limited edition screen prints, and letters to hang on your Christmas tree.

Chat to Sarah about an event or workshop for your organisation, either as a Christmas jolly or some teambuilding inspiration to see in the New Year. This year she has created Type Tastings for adidas, British Academy, Bumble Bizz, D&AD, The Fragrance Forum, Monotype at Design Thinkers Toronto, the V&A for the London Design Festival, Wellcome Collection, and WGSN.

Private view evening
Type Tasting supporters are invited to the private view on Friday 24th November from 6.30pm-9.30pm, please RSVP sarah(a)typetasting.com

Design student typographic survival kit

Here is some advice for students starting a new term on how fonts can help your studies, from Sarah Hyndman’s book Why Fonts Matter.

1. Use fonts to give your words a personality

Helvetica, Times New Roman and Comic Sans walk into a bar. The barman turns to Comic Sans and says ‘sorry we don’t serve your type in here’.

This familiar joke demonstrates that fonts have personalities that we recognise easily. Some are unassuming, whilst others are larger-than-life like Mike Lacher’s version of Comic Sans, who says, ‘People love me. Why? Because I’m fun. I’m the life of the party’, then goes out and gets drunk with Papyrus.

2. A font could make you appear more intelligent

When student Phil Renaud was nearing the end of his third year at university he noticed that his grade average had improved. He wondered why, since he did not think he was putting any more effort into studying or writing. He realised that the one thing that had changed over time was his choice of font, and so he looked back at the 52 essays he had submitted and compared the grades and typefaces. He found that when he used Georgia his grade average was A, with Times New Roman it was A-minus, whilst the essays written in Trebuchet only averaged B-minus.

3. Change the font to improve your memory

An unfamiliar typeface slows our reading down and makes us pay attention, which takes us off autopilot and our brain invests greater time and attention in what we are reading. A high school in Ohio discovered that when students studied from texts in an unfamiliar font, their exam results were higher than those who had been given the books in a more familiar and readable one. Try switching your notes into a difficult-to-read font when you are trying to memorise them.

4. Use a font to make a difficult task seem easier

Psychologists at the University of Michigan ran an experiment to see if they could motivate a group of 20-year-old college students to exercise by giving them instructions for an exercise routine printed in one of two typefaces. They found that those who read the instructions in Arial, the easy-to-read typeface, estimated the exercise routine would take around half the time to do, and said they would be more likely to incorporate it into their daily routine than those who read the instructions in Mistral, a hard-to-read font. The participants misread the ease of reading the instructions for the ease of actually doing the exercises.

When you are working on a topic you find difficult, try selecting an easy-to-read font while you work, like copywriter Michael Everett who creates his invoices in Century Gothic because this makes the task seem less of a chore.

5. Avoid font faux pas

Select the ‘wrong’ typeface and you can unwittingly commit a font faux pas with the potential to overshadow, or even undermine, the credibility of your message. In 2012 CERN announced the discovery of the Higgs boson, or ‘God’ particle. This was a momentous scientific event but, within hours of the news, “Comic Sans”, the font in which the announcement was made, was trending higher on Twitter than the discovery itself. It became a major talking point that such an important scientific breakthrough should be announced in a style inspired by comic books.

Find out more in Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman, Penguin/Random House.

Win a student survival kit

Head over to Type Tasting on Instagram to win a design student survival kit containing a signed copy of Why Fonts Matter and essential goodies including a typographic tea towel, sketchbook and stickers to tag your belongings. September 2017.

I would like to invite you to join me on Sunday 2nd July for a drink and to look through development sketches and final drawings created for my recent book ‘How to Draw Type and Influence People’. This is also an opportunity to talk to me about the workshops and events that I host, along with my research adventures (including the collaborative ‘Jelly bean’ study that has just been submitted with Professor Charles Spence, University of Oxford).

There will be a studio sale of screen prints, postcards and pictures from earlier stages of my career, these will be offered at specially discounted prices and are not available anywhere else.

The open day will take place on Sunday 2nd July from midday until 6pm in Studio F7, The Chocolate Factory N16, Farleigh Place, Stoke Newington, London, N16 7SX. I would be grateful if you would RSVP to sarah(a)typetasting.com. Other studios will be open for you to browse around and talk to the artists.

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