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Type Tasting serves up the trends for 2018
By Sarah Hyndman

The Type Tasting launch event for 2018 served up a typeface four ways: as a cocktail, confectionery, scent and sound. Each taster was announced with an explanation designed to provoke discussion as guests engaged with the experience, at the end they received a menu-style trend report.

The typeface starring in the event has been selected to encapsulate the mood and visual themes predicted by trend forecasters for 2018. Predictions were combined with survey results which Hyndman cross-referenced with historical typefaces to make the final selection. Her chosen face is intended for ephemeral usage best suited to here-today-gone-tomorrow Instagram and social media posts.

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Pop Up Type Tasting Typography Lab
Stoke Newington Literary Festival
2nd & 3rd June, 11am to 8pm, free.
Venue – Locations around the Town Hall

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One of the experiments we ran at this event has now been published: The role of typeface curvilinearity on taste expectations and perception by Carlos Velasco, Sarah Hyndman (Type Tasting), Charles Spence (University of Oxford), International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science, January 2018.
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What does a font taste or smell like? Do letterforms convey mood? Can a typeface enhance your experiences? Author Sarah Hyndman invites you to take part in typographic experiments as part of her current research. The mobile laboratory will pop up at various festival locations throughout the weekend. Get location updates on Twitter at #TypeTastingLab.

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Pride, Prejudice & Perceptions 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.

Below are some great photos to give you a glimpse, but this installation is best experienced in person and you can find answers to the following questions:

Cabinet I: Classic, the First Edition.
1. What two scents have we combined for the smell of a traditional printing press?
2. What phrase is revealed in the mirror?
3. What sound can you hear?

Cabinet II: Opulence, the Peacock Edition.
4. What is the book scented with (flick through the pages to smell it)?
5. What does the peacock feather represent?
6. What art movement is the lettering inspired by?

Cabinet III: And Zombies, the Graphic Novel.
7. How many zombies can you see?
8. What does our interpretation of the Zombie Apocalypse smell like?
9. What happens through the final peephole?

Pride, Prejudice & Perceptions presented by AVM Curiosities & Type Tasting
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH
Monday 15th to Friday 19th May, 9am to 6pm. FREE ENTRY
For more information please click here.
Part of the Open Senses Festival

“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 at (and hearing and smelling) all the details” 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. Inspired by the typography found in three editions of the classic novel—a delightful and diverting indulgence” Rosalind Freeborn

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Pride, Prejudice & Perceptions

AVM Curiosities & Type Tasting present
Pride, Prejudice & Perceptions
British Academy Literature Week 2017: Adaptations and Transformations
15th–19th May, 9am to 6pm. Free, drop in, suitable for all.

Pride, Prejudice & Perceptions: Interactive sensory display
Pride, Prejudice & Perceptions is an interactive sensory exploration of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice created by AVM Curiosities & Type Tasting for the British Academy’s Literature Week. The typography found in editions of this classic novel gives each a different voice. Taking this as the template, the display will use type, sound, sight and scent to serve one story three ways.

Pride, Prejudice & Perceptions: Book tastings
Lates event on Friday 19th May from 7pm to 9pm, advance booking required.
Immerse yourself in a multi-sensory journey as you experience how each edition of the classic novel reveals its distinctive flavour through touch, taste and smell.

AVM Curiosities has been exploring the relationship between art and food through a series of high-calibre events and edible interventions since 2011. Founded by food historian Tasha Marks, AVM Curiosities champions the use of food as an artistic medium, with projects ranging from museum-style exhibitions and sculptural installations to interactive lectures and limited-edition confectionery.
http://www.avmcuriosities.com

Type Tasting’s Sarah Hyndman aims to change the way we think and talk about typography by showing how we interact with it in our everyday lives. She specialises in making the topic accessible with originality, humour and a dash of theatre. Sarah is involved in research into type and perception, she creates interactive events and workshops, and her second book How to Draw Type and Influence People is published in April 2017.
http://www.typetasting.com

British Academy
10-11 Carlton House Terrace,
London, SW1Y 5AH
Part of the Open Senses Festival 20th & 21st May.

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UPDATE: PHOTOS
Click here for a selection of photos. These give you a glimpse, but this installation is best experienced in person with your curiosity and all your senses.

Wine & Type Tasting evening

By Sarah Hyndman

Do you Judge a Wine by its Label?
Wine & Type Tasting, 8th December, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, £40 (sold out)
A sellout success at the London Design Festival this year
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“Frankly brilliant idea of combining a type workshop with a wine tasting” It’s Nice That

Are you looking for a winter warming treat with your friends, or a unique and entertaining event for your team and clients? Join us for an innovative type and wine tasting experience and take 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.

“I learnt so much while having fun and enjoying delicious wines” A Glimpse of London

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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?

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By Sarah Hyndman

Do You Judge a Wine by its Label?
Would you like us to host a wine & type tasting for your Christmas do? Find out more.

We had a fantastic Wine and Type Tasting event at Laithwaite’s Arch with Bankside Design District for the London Design Festival. Here is a glimpse of the evening, all the photos are by David Owens. There will be a second tasting on Tuesday 27th September and a Christmas one is planned on 8th December. Find out more here. 

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“Surprising and very interesting” Richard, “Fascinating” Cherry, “Illuminating” Piers, “Intriguing” Clare, “Very different but rewarding” Lee, “Fun and informative” Sara, “Really interesting! Surprisingly scientific” Rachael, “It was fabulous, surprising and delicious!” Syd.

“More than an excuse for weeknight drinking, wine was a clever example of the influence of typeface … don’t worry; you don’t need to be a typography nerd” Digital Arts

“It was certainly an eye-opener to realise that so much of what we taste is influenced by our other senses” SEEN London

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Wine and Type Tasting with Sarah Hyndman

Do you Judge a Wine by its Label?
Wine & Type Tasting
Would you like us to host a wine & type tasting for your Christmas do? Find out more.

Pair a type expert with a wine expert and a dash of science, what do you get? A unique and enlightening type and wine tasting experience. Join us for 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.

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Thursday 22nd September, 7.30pm – 9.30pm Sold out
Tuesday 27th September, 7.30pm – 9.30pm Sold out
Laithwaite’s Arch
Bankside Design District

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?

“More than an excuse for weeknight drinking, wine was a clever example of the influence of typeface … don’t worry; you don’t need to be a typography nerd” Digital Arts

“It was certainly an eye-opener to realise that so much of what we taste is influenced by our other senses” SEEN London

Wine and Type Tasting with Sarah Hyndman
The wine and type tasting evening has been created by innovative type expert Sarah Hyndman, founder of Type Tasting, and is co-hosted by Grant Hedley the knowledgeable wine tasting expert (tough job) with Laithwaite’s, who has carefully selected each of the wines for the evening.

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

“The wines were delicious, ranging from the light summeriness of Prosecco to the intensity of the reds” SEEN London

“I learnt so much while having fun and enjoying delicious wines” A Glimpse of London

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The event will be held in the “delightfully cool” brick-lined Laithwaite’s store beneath the railway arches; a family owned, independent wine merchant.