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In celebration of the official launch of Why Fonts Matter in the US today: Creative Review ran a piece on the pop-up Type Tasting at the V&A for the London Design Festival. “Type Tasting’s series of multisensory experiments, for me, turned typography on its head.” Natalie Kelter

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A taste of type, Natalie Kelter

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(Photos David Owens)

 

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In celebration of the official publication of Why Fonts Matter in the US today we’re looking back over articles and interviews that give a glimpse of the impression we’ve made on the world at large.

Jake Wallis Simons from CNN came to the Type Tasting studio and played a selection of Type Tasting Games. “As bizarre as it sounds, my job is to match up the bottles and fonts using only my sense of smell.”

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What’s your type of lover? How fonts could help you find the perfect date
By Jake Wallis Simons

 

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Science Museum Lates Cravings exhibition

We ran a mass jellybean experiment at the Science Museum Lates as part of the Cravings exhibition with the Crossmodal Research Laboratory. We set up two stations on different floors, each manned by three people to explain, answer questions and to replenishing the jellybeans. For the experiment participants ate a jellybean whilst looking at a card with the words ‘eat me’ written in one of six typefaces, they rated how sweet and sour the jellybean tasted. They then repeated this, looking at a second typeface, and rated how it tasted. From previous Type Tasting research it has been shown that the perception of sweet and sour may be altered, depending on properties of the typeface being looked at such as angularity or roundedness.

Stuart explains “It was an awesome experience and my overriding memory will be of the amount of people who said something along the lines of ‘oh my god, that’s weird/scary/freaky’ when I was on the second station.” He found that, even when people had worked out that they tasted the same they would say “I know they are the same, but they taste… different”. He also noted that those who guessed the concept and looked at the more angular typeface for the second jellybean, guessing that it should be more sour “actually experienced a heightened reaction (one person spat out the jellybean!)”

“We had overwhelmingly positive feedback from our visitors.” Mary Cavanagh, Science Museum

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Have you ever wondered what a font might smell like? Whether it can make a product appear more expensive? Or what your choice of font says about your personality?

Join innovative type expert Sarah Hyndman as she invites you to join in with the research by taking part in a series of entertaining games and perception experiments with type. Profile the personalities of typefaces; judge whether a font can make a product more expensive and therefore more enjoyable, and explore whether it could even alter the taste of what you eat. Find out which typefaces you would date, ditch or be ‘just good friends’ with and how they reflect your own personality. Sarah is the founder of Type Tasting, author of ‘The Type Taster: How Fonts Influence You’.

You are invited into a ‘typographic wonderland’ of interactive games and experiments involving fonts which are designed to surprise and intrigue. These explore our role as type consumers and show how type is woven into the rituals of our everyday lives. Each font/typeface has a personality that influences our interpretation of the words we read by evoking our emotions and setting the scene. Come along and you can be a part of this innovative research and be the first to find out the results.

• Try on ‘font goggles’ to reveal what some fonts are really communicating to you.
• Try your hand at font sniffing: can you match the smells to the typefaces?
• Witness fonts altering the meanings of words right before your very eyes.
• Be amazed that a font could have the power to alter the taste of your food.
• See what personalities fonts have, and what they reveal about YOUR personality.

Questions being explored:
• Can a font make a product appear more expensive?
• Do fonts have recognisable personalities?
• Can a typeface alter the taste of what you eat?
• Can a font alter the mood of what you read?
• When is a Serif a better choice than a Sans Serif typeface, why?

“You’ll never look at fonts in the same way again.” Hannah Stewart

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“As bizarre as it sounds, my job is to match up the bottles and fonts using only my sense of smell.” Jake Wallis Simons, CNN

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