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We ran an exciting preview of the brand new Wine & Type Tasting event for 30 ambassadors from the Bankside Design District. We had a brilliant time and the evening was pronounced “a roaring success”. Favourite quotes included “so unexpected but in all the right ways!” and “lots of sublime and crazy tall tales from the past”.

Wine, Type & Culture:
A wine tasting with a difference

We are disrupting the traditional wine tasting format to create a brand new and immersive experience of discovery for the London Design Festival. Games and activities will challenge your assumptions and tease your senses, all delivered with a dash of theatre. The journey is enriched by a sequence of superb wines, each of which has been chosen to amplify a key moment in the narrative like the dramatic soundtrack in a movie.

Find out how the exciting, tumultuous, and sometimes dark, history of printing has shaped the world we live in today.

Expect the unexpected.

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Disruption
Meet the innovators who changed everything by giving the everyman a voice, and empowering him/her to challenge the status quo. But be prepared for the consequences.

Secrets
Explore the ancient origins of the covert messages hidden in plain sight, which alter the meanings of the very words you read and are still influencing you today.

Boom!
Find yourself in the Old World; plunged into divisive name-calling, fake news, propaganda and be prepared the explosive repercussions.

Sell sell sell
Discover how the fantastical names used as advertising tools in a New World of ideas and industrialisation give you clues to the themes of the Victorian zeitgeist.

Experiential
One wine served three ways. Indulge in a personalised tasting experience with sound, smell, type and touch.

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“So unexpected but in all the right ways!”“Brilliant evening”“Sublime and crazy tall tales from the past”“Wonderful evening”“A roaring success”.

* Two nights only *
7.00pm to 9.30pm, £40
Laithwaite’s Arch, Borough Market
Book now: Weds 19th September
Book now: Tues 25th September
£5 discount to Type Tasting friends, enter DESIGN at checkout

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Wine, Type & Culture:
A time travelling tasting journey through type & wine

Wine tasting evening
* Two nights only *

Laithwaite’s Arch, Borough Market
Hosted by Sarah Hyndman and Grant Hedley
Weds 19th, Tues 25th September
£40
7.00pm to 9.30pm
Booking essential:
Book now: Weds 19th
Book now: Tues 25th

Learn about the dramatic impact of type and how it has shaped our world at a unique wine tasting event. Author Sarah Hyndman will take guests on a time travelling journey through pivotal times when she considers that type has been the catalyst for change. Co-host and wine expert Grant Hedley has paired each with a delicious wine, which will be served with activities and stimuli for all the senses as each story is brought to life.

What do the fonts you encounter every day reveal about attitudes, the zeitgeist, cultural change, history repeating, faked news and the modern world? Find out how type was on the front line of revolutions and change, not only to spread the message, but sometimes as the trigger that caused them.

The incredible history of type is brought to life as you find out how typefaces not only changed the world but that their power still resonates. These are the stories of a hacked wine press, the original disruptors, entrepreneurial perseverance, explorers, inventors, revolutions, nostalgia, authenticity, and our vision for the future of type and wine based on trend predictions.

Join us at Laithwaite’s, an amazing venue in the atmospheric Victorian railway arches next to Borough Market.

No prior knowledge of (or interest in) type or design is necessary (over 18s only).

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How about a Gin and Type Tasting?

Event photo by David Owens

Gin & Type Tasting:
The story of fonts, civilisation & gin

Gin tasting evening

Tap & Bottle, Flat Iron Square
Hosted by Sarah Hyndman
Sat 22nd, Thurs 27th September
£40
7.00pm to 9.30pm
Book now: Sat 22nd
Book now: Thurs 27th

Find out how the stories of gin and type are inextricably entwined across trade routes, the history of printing and cultural tastes. From the early days of imported Dutch Jenever and the typefaces that influenced William Caslon, to the minimal and refined 1950s styles of Mad Men dry martinis, Modernism and Helvetica.

Interactive demonstrations will bring each stage in the story to life, making this a memorable journey of discovery.

See the tasting menu

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How about a Wine and Type Tasting?

Event photo by David Owens

Font Selfie Workshop at the V&A for the London Design Festival
Type Tasting
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September
11am to 5pm, free drop in, no booking necessary
Sackler Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum
London Design Festival 2017

Come along to the Type Tasting workshop at the Victoria and Albert Museum where you can pick a typeface that reflects your personality and customise it to create your own ‘Font Selfie’. Your design will be added to the display in this prestigious museum, which will grow throughout the weekend as we create an exciting collection of typographic self-portraits. You can showcase your work and follow the growing collection online at #FontSelfie. You are welcome to collect your work between 5pm and 5.30pm on Sunday.

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Storytelling with Fonts
Talk at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday

Author and Type Tasting founder Sarah Hyndman will give a short talk on telling stories with fonts. She will also be signing copies of her books.

Participate in font personality research
Hyndman has created this mass participation experiment as part of her ongoing research, which will form the basis for her next book. She needs your help: either come along to the Type Tasting Pop Up Laboratory at the V&A, or click here to take part online.

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By Sarah Hyndman

Make a type/lettering day of it when you join author and Type Tasting founder Sarah Hyndman for a What’s Your Type? 1-hour workshop in Borough on Wednesday 21st.

What’s Your Type?
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earn how to choose fonts with confidence.
Weds 21st Sept
Start times: 12pm, 2pm, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm
Bedales Borough Market
Bankside Design District
BOOK NOW £15 (booking is essential)
Find out more…

Mike Meyer signpainter Light Capsules
Ghostsigns Light Capsules & Sign Painting Demonstrations
Between 8-10pm at The Distillery (2-18 Great Suffolk Street), you can be illuminated by the Ghostsigns Light Capsules installation, and legendary sign painter Mike Meyer will be giving live lettering demonstrations.

Borough Market
Borough Market

While you are here you could take a type safari of Borough Market—spotting the huge variety of type and lettering to be found in in the bustling area. The market is open until 5pm.

Ghostsigns app Bedales Borough Market
Ghostsigns Bankside Walking Tour

Download the Borough Ghostsigns Walk Tour App and take a self-guided tour of the faded ghostsigns, or voices from the past, to be seen in the area.

Bedales Wines
We also highly recommend a plate of tapas downstairs before or after the workshop at Bedales of Borough, with ingredients entirely sourced from Borough Market.

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Bankside Design District during the London Design Festival

Click here for a roundup of all the London Design Festival events taking place at Bankside

 

Typographic Time Machine workshop at the V&A #TimeType

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By Sarah Hyndman

The Typographic Time Machine collection popped up at the V&A at the weekend and we filled the space with amazing letters. A full blog post will come soon (after the festival has ended), meanwhile here is a glimpse of what happened.

STOP PRESS read all about it: Emily Melling writes about her #TimeType experiences.

Huge thank you to everybody who came along and took part, and who submitted letters from around the world. Please keep posting photos of your letters with #TimeType,

Pinterest-logo.png Click here to see the growing Pinterest board.

Thank you to the V&A and to Monotype and their wonderful fonts.

Would you like to learn more about fonts? Come to a 1-hour ‘What’s Your Type?‘ workshop on Wednesday 21st September, find out more.

Typographic Time Machine workshop at the V&A #TimeType

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Typographic Time Machine workshop at the V&A #TimeType Typographic Time Machine workshop at the V&A #TimeType

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