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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.

 

REPUTATION TAYLOR

Taylor Swift, Blackletter and typography-fuelled gossip
By Sarah Hyndman

The announcement of Taylor Swift’s new album, Reputation, is a great example of typography used as a visual code. It has resulted in a furore of debate on social media that Swift is reprising her well-known feud with Kanye West, yet if you look behind her you see her name repeated over and over in the styles of the media mastheads and logos—from high brow to gossip tabloids. This is a clever double meaning, and one that is inherently meta, because it is fuelling the media machine to obsess over a reference that ultimately appears to be about itself.

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Sarah hyndman on 60 years of this iconic typeface, understanding it in context of social history, and what her research tells us about its personality.

Typefaces/fonts reflect the defining spirit of a period in time. They are shaped by the ideas and aspirations of the era, and as a result they document cultural change. One of the most high profile examples of this is the now 60-year-old Helvetica; a typeface designed to be neutral and devoid of a personality. Instead it became the figurehead for the dramatic social shifts beginning in the post-war 1950s; a time of breaking with the traditions of the past as people looked to a new future.

Life in the 1950s was ruled by social conventions: marriage; men had a career to support their family; women stayed at home to look after the family; Sunday was still essentially Victorian in character; suits or corsets were everyday attire; in Britain received pronunciation, or ‘BBC English’, ruled the airwaves. The advent of the teenager was accompanied by the new rock ‘n’ roll music, which older generations thought would lead to juvenile delinquency.

In the US this was a time of economic growth after the end of World War II, along with the boom in the number of babies being born as people looked to the future with a new optimism for peace and prosperity. The civil rights movement was gaining momentum and demanding change. In Britain, despite food still being rationed, post-war austerity and high taxes, there was an excitement about the future and the 1951 Festival of Britain was a celebration of the nation’s innovations.

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Angels to Demons: Blackletter Workshop

By Sarah Hyndman

Learn, socialise & create
Angels to Demons: Blackletter Workshop
Three hour workshop and talk
The workshop can be held at a venue of your choice, or up to 15 can be accommodated in the Type Tasting Studio, The Chocolate Factory, London N16 7SX.

Type Tasting Learn, socialise & create sessions take a typeface or type style and explore it in the context of popular culture and history to reveal the meanings beyond the letterforms.

Refuel your team’s creativity with hands-on letterform exploration as they roll up their sleeves for a fast paced and fun session away from the computer, experimenting with typography.

Explore the evolution of Blackletter typefaces from their first printed appearance in the Gutenberg Bible in the 1400s to their enduring popularity in music and fashion. Blackletter is a chameleon of a type style because its personality is transformed from the extremes of good to evil by the context it appears in; from the Bible, the masthead of a newspaper, a beer label, movie poster, record sleeve to Nazi propaganda. In this session you will look at the evolving history of Blackletter type and how it has absorbed so many associations, modern takes on the style, and also investigate your instinctive responses to the shapes of the letterforms. You will then roll your sleeves up for a hands-on creative session away from the computer sketching Blackletter letterforms as you experience how sound can alter your response to the forms. No previous experience necessary.

15 mins Mingle and relax whilst playing a couple of classic Type Tasting games.
45 mins Typographic rebellion talk by Sarah Hyndman.
90 mins Hands-on creative session exploring rebellious type and lettering.
30 mins Display work, finish with questions and a prize raffle.

Outcomes
• Enjoy a social and creative team building session in a relaxed, informal environment.
• Get away from the computer to explore a range of markmaking tools inventively and playfully. Research shows that writing and drawing by hand promotes creative idea generation and memory.
• Explore different type styles and letterforms, and how these can be used in an expressive way.
• This is a creative thinking refresher—a reminder of how to think creatively and on our feet without the preconceptions of the final outcome.

Interviews with Sarah Hyndman
Vetements, Brioni and Kanye Agree: It’s Gothic Time New York Times
Fashion’s favourite font The Times

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diary-typographicrebellion

By Sarah Hyndman

Learn, socialise & create
Typographic Rebellion Workshop
Three hour workshop and talk
The workshop can be held at a venue of your choice, or up to 15 can be accommodated in the Type Tasting Studio, The Chocolate Factory, London N16 7SX.

Type Tasting Learn, socialise & create sessions take a typeface or type style and explore it in the context of popular culture and history to reveal the meanings beyond the letterforms.

Refuel your team’s creativity with hands-on letterform exploration as they roll up their sleeves for a fast paced and fun session away from the computer, experimenting with typography.

Explore how typography can be used to give angst and rebellion a voice, and how you can use type to ensure that YOUR message is heard. You will learn from recent history how typefaces both articulate and document change, and what an important role they have played. From the anti-establishment angst of Punk, the placards of the miners’ strikes of the 1980s, the wine industry’s seismic shift through language and design, to the successful presidential campaigns in the USA.

15 mins Mingle and relax whilst playing a couple of classic Type Tasting games.
45 mins Typographic rebellion talk by Sarah Hyndman.
90 mins Hands-on creative session exploring rebellious type and lettering.
30 mins Display work, finish with questions and a prize raffle.

Outcomes
• Enjoy a social and creative team building session in a relaxed, informal environment.
• Get away from the computer to explore a range of markmaking tools inventively and playfully. Research shows that writing and drawing by hand promotes creative idea generation and memory.
• Explore different type styles and letterforms, and how these can be used in an expressive way.
• This is a creative thinking refresher—a reminder of how to think creatively and on our feet without the preconceptions of the final outcome.

Interviews with Sarah Hyndman
How to start a revolution with Comic Sans Dazed & Confused magazine interview
Punk was the anti-Helvetica Design Week interview
2016 is the new 1976 Sarah Hyndman
How Punk changed Graphic Design Sarah Hyndman

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