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This is a story of my trip to teach in India. While I was there I met up with family of friends and discovered, to my surprise, that my book cover had been redesigned by a whole class of students for their typography exam that week.

“The task for our exam was to design the cover for a book called Why Fonts Matter using typography. As I started scribbling out my roughs I thought about what typography is and what it can achieve; every font is different and makes you feel a distinct emotion or connects with you in a certain way.” 

Words by Siya Archik, a second year graphic design student in Mumbai.

I have been studying design for two years and my course is different, unique, insanely creative and fun. But along with the fun comes a lot of hard work; hours and days of work created by hand. We put a great deal of thought into every idea that we execute—to make the final product as attractive and innovative as possible. I chose this course of study because creativity has no boundaries; it is something that lets you express your thoughts and emotions in infinitely creative ways and on any surface.

In our course we study calligraphy & typography; anatomy; packaging, information design and communication design. Each is distinctive in its own way, but all revolve around the same design principles. For the first two years we do everything by hand—from rendering large posters to reproducing the text in a newspaper at actual size, carefully hand-drawing every letter so it is perfect.

Coca Cola design by Siya Archik
Design for a Coca Cola can by Siya Archik.

Our typography assignments vary from kinetic typography to expressive typography and logo design. We research artists who have helped to expand the field of typography to increase our knowledge, and each assignment emphasises the importance of different fonts in our designs, without which they would mean nothing.

I think typography is important because it is required for anything and everything related to design. From creating logos to packaging, all require knowledge of different fonts and how to use them effectively, so as to make our designs stand out from the rest. This makes typography such an integral part of what we do as designers.

During our recent exam week a friend of my family in England, a typographer from London called Sarah Hyndman, came to visit as a guest lecturer at another design college in Mumbai. I was hoping to meet and talk to her about typography but was not sure whether I would have time because I was so busy taking exams.

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It's Nice That Review of the Year

Goodbye 2016, hello 2017

It’s been quite a year. Thank you to all of you who have been a part of Type Tasting and joined in so enthusiastically. I’ve enjoyed meeting you, and I’m looking forward to the new events planned for next year. Instead of writing a summary of the year I would like to share the interview I recently gave It’s Nice That for their Review of the Year, because the great questions they ask frame the summary perfectly. Below are extracts or you can read the full interview here.

It’s Nice That Review of the Year 2016 
Graphic designer Sarah Hyndman. 

Words by Rebecca Fulleylove.

Our tenth interview for Review of the Year sees us chat to designer Sarah Hyndman about the incredible experiences she’s had this year and the work she continues to do with Type Tasting.

Designer and type champion Sarah Hyndman is on a mission to “prove that typography is fun and engaging for everyone”, and 2016 has seen her take major steps in making that idea a reality. Her work, which takes the form of books, workshops, talks and events, aims to “dispel the myth that type is a dusty subject for academics and experts” and “demonstrate the power of typography”.

What was your creative highlight of 2016?
“Going to Mumbai, India to teach 60 design students… At the end I could see first-hand how my unconventional approach to teaching typography really works.
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By Sarah Hyndman

Are you looking for a Christmas gift for the design savvy person in your life? Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman (Penguin/Random House) is a colourful journey through type and fonts ideal for both designers and non-designers. If you would like a gift tag signed by the author to accompany your present for that personalised touch, email sarah(a)typetasting.com a UK address and a message and this will be posted to you*.
Purchase a copy from Amazon UK

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

Look inside Why Fonts Matter

You can also bring a copy of Why Fonts Matter to the Open Studios Weekend at the Chocolate Factory N16 in London in 26th & 27th November from 11am to 6pm. Find out more.

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Sarah Hyndman How to Draw Type and Influence People

Sarah Hyndman will be opening the doors of the Type Tasting studio at the Chocolate Factory N16 for Winter Open Studios Weekend on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November, when all the studios will be open. The studio will be crammed with all things typography and letter related, including prints, drawings and Christmas gifts. Sarah will talk about ‘Why Fonts Matter’ and give you an exclusive preview of the illustrations for her next book ‘How to Draw Type and Influence People’, to be published by Laurence King next year. Bring along a copy of a book if you would like it signed for somebody as a Christmas gift, and hear about the workshops and events such as Wine and Type Tasting evenings.

Open Studios Weekend
Type Tasting Studio F7
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November from 11am to 6pm
Chocolate Factory N16
Farleigh Place (off Farleigh Road)
London N16 7SX

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Are you buying a Christmas gift for the design savvy person in your life? The Chocolate Factory’s Sarah Hyndman will sign copies of her book Why Fonts Matter (Penguin/Random House) at Open Studios Weekend. Click here to read Amazon reviews and purchase a copy in advance.

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Typographic Time Machine #TimeType
Take part in the Typographic Time Machine project anywhere in the world, you don’t need to be in London to participate.

Typefaces are like Instagram filters for letters
A typeface captures the spirit of when it was designed and is a permanent record of that moment in time. In this way typefaces document social history and chart developments in technology. Type can transport you to an imagined nostalgia that­ you may not have experienced first-hand, but which has become real to you through the experience of film and television.

How to take part:
1. Download one of the letter templates and print it out at 21cm x 21cm (to fit the width of an A4 page). Download a pdf here, or click on one of the letters below for a larger version.

2. Use pens, pencils, paint, ink, collage materials and customise your letter to represent a moment in time—past present or future.

3. Take a photograph of your customised letter and share it on Instagram or Twitter with #TimeType, or tag @TypeTasting on Facebook.

We will be adding the finished letters to the online gallery before and during the event at the V&A for the London Design Festival on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September.

Letter templates.
Here is a selection of letters for you to use. Scroll down to the one of the letters below, click to enlarge an outlined version your chosen letterform and print out at the width of an A4 page (the outline may be faint to see it on screen, but it should print out fine).

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Why Fonts Matter
Games, talk and book signing with Sarah Hyndman

Tate Modern
The Terrace shop
Friday 16th September
6–7pm drop-in games and demonstrations
7–7.45pm talk and book signing

Join Sarah Hyndman, author of Why Fonts Matter, for a selection of Type Tasting games and demonstrations followed by a talk and book signing. This is part of the London Design Festival at Bankside.

Clever, insightful and original, Sarah left a lasting buzz and excitement behind her!” Charlotte Godfrey, BBC.

What does your choice of font say about your personality? Which typefaces you would date, ditch or be ‘just good friends’ with. Can a font make a product look expensive or change what it smells or tastes like?

We all constantly interact with type in almost every aspect of our lives. But how do fonts affect what we read and influence the choices we make? Sarah Hyndman opens up the incredible science and the magical art of how fonts influence us.

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

Most books about fonts are written for designers, Sarah brings the power of fonts to everyone” Patrick Burgoyne, Creative Review

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Fun” “Brilliant” “Inspiring” “Eye-candy” “EnlighteningAmazon UK reviews

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