Font Selfie Workshop at the V&A for the London Design Festival
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.
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.
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?
Learn 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…
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.
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 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.
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.
Bankside Design District during the London Design Festival
Click here for a roundup of all the London Design Festival events taking place at Bankside
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,
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.
By Sarah Hyndman
Type Tasting founder Sarah is on a mission to make typography fun and engaging for everybody, not just designers. She specialises in making the complex topic accessible with originality, humour, a dash of theatre and lashings of audience participation. She delivers interactive talks and events with games and demonstrations that inform, entertain and challenge your preconceptions.
Sarah has created a programme of four exciting events for the London Design Festival this year. Each event takes a unique approach to exploring type: discover how it influences us as type consumers; create customised letterforms from different times in history; learn how to choose fonts and use type to communicate effectively; taste the connection between type and all your senses (whilst enjoying delicious wine).
Would you like us to host a wine & type tasting for your Christmas do? Find out more.
DISCOVER / CREATE / LEARN / TASTE
What’s Your Type?
The one-hour workshops taking place on Wednesday 21st September for the London Design Festival are fun and intensive sessions in which you will explore typefaces and what they communicate independently of the words they spell out. You will create your own tasting notes to take home along with a certificate, and we are delighted to have spot prize tickets to the Museum of Brands and type specimens from type foundry Fontsmith.
Read more about the workshop.
Museum of Brands tickets
We are all type consumers and letterforms are woven into the rituals of our lives through the packaging on the products that we use every day. At the time we may pay little attention as the logos and product names are so familiar that we reach for them almost unconsciously. Take a trip to a supermarket and, instead of shopping, look at the packaging as if it is on show in a design museum.
The Museum of Brands in West London contains a time tunnel that documents the history of packaging, revealing the trends and fashions in type decade by decade for over a century.
The Museum of Brands has kindly given us tickets to the museum to give away as spot prizes during the workshop, visiting the museum is a great way to explore the type we consume every day.
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.
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).