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London Design Festival 2016

Exciting and innovative Type Tasting events are planned for the London Design Festival with Bankside Design District. ‘Do You Judge a Wine by its Label?’ is an enlightening and enjoyable tasting evening that combines wine, design and science. Discover what the label tells you about a wine, and how it can even influence how it tastes (along with jolly nice Laithwaite’s wine). ‘What’s Your Type?’ workshops are bursting with fun games and demonstrations that teach you the personalities of typefaces and how to choose a font in three easy steps (no experience necessary). This will be hosted by Bedales in Borough Market.

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Do you judge a wine by its label? London Design Festival. Do you judge a wine by its label? London Design Festival.

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Do you judge a wine by its label?
Wine and type tasting evening, £30
Thursday 22nd September, 7.30pm – 9.30pm SOLD OUT
Tuesday 27th September, 7.30pm – 9.30pm BOOK NOW
Laithwaite’s, Arch 219-221, Stoney St, London SE1 9AA

A unique and enlightening wine/type tasting experience. Come on a journey of discovery through a selection of superb wines as you explore what the design of the label tells you about what you drink. How much does a bottle cost? If it looks expensive will you enjoy it more? What does the type tell you about its provenance? Try your hand at wine and font pairing as you identify the key flavours. Ultimately is the label just there to inform you, or can it transform your tasting experience?

The wine and type tasting evening has been created by innovative type expert Sarah Hyndman, founder of Type Tasting, and will be co-hosted by Grant Hedley the wine tasting expert (tough job) with Laithwaite’s. The event will be held in the beautiful Laithwaite’s Arch store. This family owned, independent wine merchant has been finding some of the most exciting and enjoyable wines in the world for the last 50 years.

“Frankly brilliant idea of combining a type workshop with a wine tasting” It’s Nice That

Book quickly, tickets are selling fast www.bit.ly/LDFWineType

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What's Your Type?

LEARN
What’s your type?

Would you like to learn a simple 3-step process for choosing a font?
And to have access to the latest Type Tasting research results?

Wednesday 21st September, £15
Workshops last an hour; start times are 12pm, 2pm, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm.
Bedales Borough Market, 5 Bedale St, London SE1 9AL.
(No experience is needed, booking is necessary as numbers are limited).
BOOK NOW

Type Tasting is involved in extensive research quantifying how we respond to different typefaces. This workshop is based on results, not opinions; you will learn how to use this knowledge to make confident font choices.

• LEARN an easy 3-step process for choosing a font.
• FIND OUT why different fonts are suitable for different occasions.
• CREATE a font profile analysis chart to refer to when choosing fonts.
• UNDERSTAND how a font can look cheap, expensive, calm, angry and can even alter your experiences.

Find out more…

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Also from Type Tasting during the London Design Festival

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DISCOVER
Tate Modern: Talk and book signing
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September
Date to be announced

CREATE
V&A: Typographic Time Machine #TimeType
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September
Drop in and get creative at the V&A during the London Design Festival’s Graphics Weekend, sponsored by Monotype

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DISCOVER / CREATE / LEARN / TASTE
Download the programme of Type Tasting events at the London Design Festival.

(Photos from Type Tasting at the V&A for LDF 2015 by David Owens)

 

Letterform Live

Unknown Outcomes

Type got experimental at last week’s Letterform Live, with a fascinating set of talks from our crack line up of speakers. Theo Inglis reports for Grafik

Last Wednesday night saw the third event in Grafik’s Letterform Live series of events, presented in partnership with Monotype and the ISTD, and hosted by Protein Studios in Shoreditch, East London. The audience enjoyed five different speakers, each giving a short but rich and image-filled presentation, kicking off with a single typographic letterform of their choice and spiralling outwards from there. Our chosen theme for the night was ‘Experimental’, something very much open to individual interpretation. As the American designer and theorist Buckminster Fuller once said “There is no such thing as a failed experiment, only experiments with unexpected outcomes”.

Read the full article here.

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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More to words than meets the eye.

You make judgements and assumptions that alter your experiences and influence your choices long before you digest what the words themselves say. Find out more about the ‘secret’ messages hidden in words that affect your thoughts, feelings, experiences and even your behaviour.

Sarah Hyndman is a London-based writer and public speaker who is involved in research into perception and reading. She specialises in making the complex topic accessible with originality, humour, a dash of theatre and lashings of audience participation. Presentations are adjusted to suit the audience. Whatever their level of knowledge they will find them an entertaining and enriching experience.

“Clever, insightful and original, left a lasting buzz and excitement behind!” Charlotte Godfrey, BBC Bristol.

“Sarah Hyndman’s talk was a gamechanger” Lily C at Typo San Francisco.

• Talks & masterclasses
• Team-building
• Creative workshops
• Brand/product PR

Download the brochure here.

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I was delighted to be invited to speak at Nicer Tuesdays recently. This is 12 minutes of audience participation including Typography Karaoke (in two teams), the Price is Right and the Type Dating Game. The audience is the star of this talk, you were absolutely brilliant, thank you. “A simple, but very effective demonstration of how type design affects the way we read, the way we respond to commands and even our moods from Sarah Hyndman.” It’s Nice That.

Watch the talk.

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The challenge has been set: can I give a keynote talk on my subject without ever mentioning the words ‘font’, ‘typeface’ or ‘typography’?

Reading outside the lines
The world is full of words and these help us to navigate a course through our busy lives. However, all is not always as it seems, because we make judgements and assumptions that influence our experiences and our choices long before we read the words themselves.

Sarah will give insights into the ‘secret’ messages hidden in words that affect our every thought, feeling and even our behaviour. She will show that we instinctively understand these messages, but on a subconscious level, and how becoming consciously aware of them enables us to make smarter choices.

This is a fresh take on human responses; how we make sense of and interact with the world around us. The audience is invited to join in with lively games and demonstrations as they take part in the discovery process.

Would you like to book this talk? Find out more. 

Download the brochure.

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Are we really that influenced by typography? Type specialist Sarah Hyndman seems to think so! And it looks like she made converts out of our students following her talk at Shillington. We had the unique opportunity of being part of Sarah’s ongoing psychological research for Oxford University, and through a series of sensory experiments we all learned a little bit more about both typography and ourselves.

The best experiments involve jellybeans, a lesson Sarah Hyndman was about to reveal. We were privileged to be a part of Sarah’s type tasting experiment, tasting chocolate, jellybeans and smelling fragrances while looking at different fonts to see if they affected our experiences. Our results will become part of the data for the Cross-modal Research Laboratory at Oxford University who are studying how different senses interact.

Read Kate Allen’s full review of Sarah’s talk here.

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