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Winter evening corporate client events and teambuilding typography workshops
By Sarah Hyndman

When the days start to get shorter, why not arrange a Type Tasting to brighten up an evening? Choose from a creative typography session to refuel your team away from the computers, a wine tasting evening as a company social, or a type perception masterclass to inform and entertain.

Learn, socialise & create evening
Teambuilding (best served with pizza and lashings of beer)
A social evening designed to refresh your team’s creativity as they roll up their sleeves to experiment with typography and markmaking materials away from the computer. The workshop can come to you, or it can be hosted for up to 15 participants in the Type Tasting studio in London.

Typographic rebellion: Explore how type gives angst and rebellion a voice and create your own typographic expletives.
Type and sound: Use sound stimuli to inspire your creative typography and idea generation.
Type and taste: Explore how taste can be represented typographically, based on research with the Crossmodal Research Laboratory.

Wine & Type Tasting evening
Do you Judge a Wine by its Label?
A new wine and type tasting evening, based on the sell-out success at the London Design Festival. Take part in a series of activities and games that will delight and inform, in a relaxed and social setting.

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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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A fun night was had by all at Glug Birmingham. It was such a pleasure to be speaking alongside Morag Myerscough, David Pearson, The Counter Press, Ian Barnard and Jim of Seven 9 Signs, curated by Luke Tonge and hosted by Inky Goodness. It was a truly inspiring evening and the audience was fantastic. See all the photos here.

“The audience erupted with laughter during your talk”, “Your talk was so inspiring”, “What was so funny? Aha yes the type face dating part. Brilliant idea!”, “The talk from @TypeTasting was so cool! Type psychology is super interesting”.

 

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Wake up and Smell the Fonts, a Type Tasting session with Sarah Hyndman at Shoreditch House for the D&AD Festival Fringe

It was exciting to be a part of the D&AD Festival Fringe at Shoreditch House on the 26th April. We filled the exclusive private club’s Library with games and experiments involving typography and all the senses. This was followed by a talk and a lively Q&A session and everybody went home with a pile of Monotype goodies. A preview of results from one of the experiments were published in The Times newspaper.

“Tasting, smelling, listening to and even saying type! Mind blowing workshop from Sarah Hyndman #mindblown” Micklegate Design via Twitter.

“So interesting, so brilliantly delivered and such a clever structure. It was fabulous. My festival highlight.” Ruth Yearley, Partner. Director Of Insight & Strategy, Ketchum.

VBAT posted a fantastic write up of the D&AD Festival on their blog, read the full blog post here.

Extract from ‘Exploring the D&AD Festival 2017’
Blog post by Graham Sturt, Creative Director at VBAT

My second day at the festival started early with a visit to one of it’s Fringe Events — ‘Wake Up and Smell the Fonts: Type Tasting with Sarah Hyndman’. Offsite from the main festival, it was held in the library of Shoreditch House, a member’s club with a rooftop pool and refreshing ‘no suits’ policy in a converted East London warehouse. Arriving well before the rush of other participants I took a seat at the front and got comfortable while Sarah prepared for the session.

Sarah Hyndman is a graphic designer, writer and public speaker known for her interest in the psychology of type, whose area of expertise is multi sensory typography. Sarah is the founder of the highly innovative Type Tasting studio; and her mission is to change the way we think and talk about typography through her writing, typography workshops and events. Author of two books on typography: Why Fonts Matter and How to Draw Type and Influence People much of Sarah’s work is focused on research into typography and perception. To this end she has worked on several collaborative studies over the last 4 years with the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at University of Oxford.


Typographic games, photo by Graham Sturt.

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Please join me for an evening as I present How to Draw Type and Influence People in my local bookshop over a glass of wine. This is a fantastic and welcoming independent bookshop in North London. Pull up a chair as I talk about the science of why drawing on paper is ‘magic’; show you that type isn’t just for experts and geeks; tell you what inspired me to fall in love with type; and share stories that will make you look at your font menu in a new light. Afterwards I’ll be signing books and answering your questions.

Author talk and book signing with Sarah Hyndman
How to Draw Type and Influence People
Thursday 11th May 8pm (talk starts at 8.15)
Stoke Newington Bookshop
159 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 0NY
£5, turn up on the night or book in advance here.

We had an amazing launch evening at Tate Modern a week ago, thank you all so much for coming along and to Laurence King Publishing. We filled the bookshop with experiments, games and giant sweets for everybody to explore as I mingled, signed books and talked about my typographic explorations. The Times printed a short piece with a first glimpse of experiment results from the evening, read this here. A list of all the recent press coverage is here.

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Vinyl Type: Guess the music genre
We took the Type Tasting record collection along to Letterform Live’s ‘Vinyl’ night with Grafik and Monotype. The record player and vinyl records were set up in the bar as a fun game to play before and after the talks. We invited the audience to guess the music genre from the typeface on the record label, and then to play the record to find out whether they were right. Best played with lashings of beer.

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Typography as the voice of change

By Sarah Hyndman

Find out how typography gave the angst and rebellion of Punk a voice, and how you can use fonts to ensure that YOUR message is heard. 

Punk changed graphic design¹. When it first exploded in the 1970s it appeared to be youthful rebellion. However, looking back we now consider it to be an important part of the Postmodernist movement, which began as a reaction to the rigid restrictions of Modernism. Punk’s DIY ethos encapsulated the anti-establishment mood of the mid 1970s: a time of ongoing economic hardship, with social fragmentation, an economy struggling to recover from a stock market crash, housing problems and increasing unemployment. This was a decade facing a clash of expectations as both the economy and society struggled to cope with the pace of change as the rose-tinted nostalgia of the past collided with a seemingly out-of-control vision of the future. Sound familiar?

Punk was an empowering time of do-it-yourself, when the message truly became the medium as everybody took up their scissors and glue to create zines, posters, flyers and record sleeves (this was pre-Mac). These were often mass produced on the photocopier in the local library and stapled together by hand—not designed and typeset by professionals. What made Punk’s voice stand out was its difference; it literally broke all the typesetting rules by cutting up the grid and throwing the words back down on the page in a haphazard chaos of styles.

Do you have a message that you want the World to listen to? It’s not just what you say, it’s also the way you say it that will create maximum impact and ensure that your message is heard. Context is key. In 2008 Obama’s presidential ‘Change’ campaign² looked so different to the political typographic landscape in the US at the time, that it literally embodied the theme of change. It did this while also conveying trust, confidence and experience, not idealistic rhetoric.

Craig Oldham documents the miners’ strikes of the 1980s “a historical movement of the working class people”. He shows how the placards distributed by the LCDTU trade union use distinct geometric forms that are “bold and direct in the sea of visual noise that is a mass demonstration”. These letterforms mirror the immediacy and anger of the miners’ hand-written placards, and they also give the miners a unified voice³.

Roboto, Google typeface Segoe, Microsoft typeface San Francisco, Apple typeface

The typography of social media and apps today is of corporate and minimalist sans serif typefaces* that, to the untrained eye, look very similar to each other (above), all contained within a structured grid. There are few opportunities to use type expressively, hence the rise of the emoji. Snapchat is a platform that enables you to customise your words (in any font you want, provided it’s Avenir), and their fleeting 10-second life span encourages a DIY approach that breaks them out of the homogeneity of the social networks.

A typeface gives your cause or movement a recognisable voice that inspires ideas, ensures your message is heard, and empowers your words to make a difference. Looking at the voices of change and rebellion in the context of history reveals the full impact they had at the time, and demonstrates how you can use a font as a catalyst for change.

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