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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).

r-1 d-1 b-1 c-1 e-1 b-2 j-1 f-1 g-1 m-1 n-1 h-1 k-1 i-2 n-2

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Democracy Freedom

This is a survey that was created a few weeks ago to coincide with the 4th of July. However, current events that continue to unfold here in the UK mean that it is too soon to look for parallels, or to write a witty analysis. Instead this post is to be a celebration of our shared language of type—whatever our beliefs, wherever we live. Typography is a shared language that gives us the freedom to communicate more effectively with the whole World. In London we are linking arms with our neighbours and friends in celebration of our beautifully diverse and dynamic communities. This would not be the wonderful and crazy city it is without the differences that inspire us and we learn so much from. No matter what happens in politics, we will always be both European and citizens of the World, so let’s embrace and celebrate what we have in common as a global family and keep communicating with each other.

Independence typefaces

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Q&A at Letterform Live

The theme of Grafik’s Letterform Live this week was ‘Experimental’, and it was an exciting evening to be a part of. My aim for the evening was to bring a bit of ‘bonkers and magic’ at a time of so much anxiety. We filled the bar with jellybeans and asked the 130 audience members to guess each flavour from the style of the typeface on the label. If you weren’t at the event you can still take part in this experiment here.

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I spoke about how amazing the human brain is for the skilful way it creates a ‘sub-programme’ to perform the complex task of reading, which your subconscious performs automatically. Your eyes simply glance over a series of marks in a huge array of shapes and sizes and—as if by magic—stories, ideas, memories, songs, smells are conjured up right there in your mind.

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All American Survey Image-truthful

Can typefaces represent values such as liberty, equality and truth? 

You gather a great deal of meaning about the words a person says from their tone of voice. Are they happy, truthful, authentic? Typefaces/fonts influence your interpretation of the words you read in a similar way. When the font and words are in harmony you are more likely to trust them. When they don’t match the words can feel less authentic.

Equality

This is a new survey exploring which fonts best communicate some of the core American values taken from the Declaration of Independence. Very early results are in (you can see them at the end of the survey), although not enough people have yet taken part for these to be meaningful. Full results will be published when enough people have taken part. Do you think your answers will match the majority?

Click here to take the survey, you will see the early results at the end.

 

Mood

In celebration of the official launch of Why Fonts Matter in the US today: This post about fonts and mood became the most popular post on It’s Nice That in the first three months of 2016. “The one womantour-de-force behind Type Tasting … looks at the power typography has over our lives and senses.”

It’s Nice That
Why Fonts Matter, and how they impact your mood

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Wired

In celebration of the official launch of Why Fonts Matter in the US today: Liz Stinson from Wired played the Type Dating Game via Skype. “20 percent of women said they’d pick Franklin Gothic as their typographic beau, the winner by a landslide. I know it sounds weird.”

Wired
If You Love That Font So Much, Why Don’t You Date It?
By Liz Stinson

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