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Jellybeans and ‘Experimental’

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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Mass jellybean experiment at Science Museum Lates

 

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Mass jellybean experiment
Science Museum Lates Cravings exhibition

We ran a mass jellybean experiment at the Science Museum Lates as part of the Cravings exhibition with the Crossmodal Research Laboratory. We set up two stations on different floors, each manned by three people to explain, answer questions and to replenishing the jellybeans. For the experiment participants ate a jellybean whilst looking at a card with the words ‘eat me’ written in one of six typefaces, they rated how sweet and sour the jellybean tasted. They then repeated this, looking at a second typeface, and rated how it tasted. From previous Type Tasting research it has been shown that the perception of sweet and sour may be altered, depending on properties of the typeface being looked at such as angularity or roundedness.

Stuart explains “It was an awesome experience and my overriding memory will be of the amount of people who said something along the lines of ‘oh my god, that’s weird/scary/freaky’ when I was on the second station.” He found that, even when people had worked out that they tasted the same they would say “I know they are the same, but they taste… different”. He also noted that those who guessed the concept and looked at the more angular typeface for the second jellybean, guessing that it should be more sour “actually experienced a heightened reaction (one person spat out the jellybean!)”

“We had overwhelmingly positive feedback from our visitors.” Mary Cavanagh, Science Museum

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If Futura Extra Bold was a person, what would they be like?

Type Dating Game

A taste of type

Posted on 23rd September 2015. Type / Typography

Typeface #3 was described as an “unstable wannabe with no style and a 50s moustache who, on a date, would take you for a hotdog at a bowling alley, all the while smelling of JOOP!”

If Futura Extra Bold was a person, what would they be like? Would you go on a date with them? And what does a typeface smell like? Sarah Hyndman’s Type Tasting games question our responses to fonts. Last weekend, she brought a pop-up version of her workshop to the V&A. Natalie Kelter described what happened for Creative Review.

Type Dating Game

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Type Tasting at the V&A in photos

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A glimpse of the Type Tasting at the V&A for the London Design Festival at the weekend in photos. Thank you to the team of brilliant volunteers and to everybody who came along and threw themselves into the games and experiments exploring the influence of different typefaces and fonts so wholeheartedly. We estimate around 500 of you visited during the two three-hour sessions and we now have lots of research data to tally up. You can still take part in a selection of the games and experiments online if you click here.

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Type Personality Game Show

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Pop-up Typography Lab at the V&A for the London Design Festival

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Have you ever wondered what a font might smell like? Whether it can make a product appear more expensive? Or what your choice of font says about your personality?

Join innovative type expert Sarah Hyndman as she invites you to join in with the research by taking part in a series of entertaining games and perception experiments with type. Profile the personalities of typefaces; judge whether a font can make a product more expensive and therefore more enjoyable, and explore whether it could even alter the taste of what you eat. Find out which typefaces you would date, ditch or be ‘just good friends’ with and how they reflect your own personality. Sarah is the founder of Type Tasting, author of ‘The Type Taster: How Fonts Influence You’.

You are invited into a ‘typographic wonderland’ of interactive games and experiments involving fonts which are designed to surprise and intrigue. These explore our role as type consumers and show how type is woven into the rituals of our everyday lives. Each font/typeface has a personality that influences our interpretation of the words we read by evoking our emotions and setting the scene. Come along and you can be a part of this innovative research and be the first to find out the results.

• Try on ‘font goggles’ to reveal what some fonts are really communicating to you.
• Try your hand at font sniffing: can you match the smells to the typefaces?
• Witness fonts altering the meanings of words right before your very eyes.
• Be amazed that a font could have the power to alter the taste of your food.
• See what personalities fonts have, and what they reveal about YOUR personality.

Questions being explored:
• Can a font make a product appear more expensive?
• Do fonts have recognisable personalities?
• Can a typeface alter the taste of what you eat?
• Can a font alter the mood of what you read?
• When is a Serif a better choice than a Sans Serif typeface, why?

“You’ll never look at fonts in the same way again.” Hannah Stewart

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“As bizarre as it sounds, my job is to match up the bottles and fonts using only my sense of smell.” Jake Wallis Simons, CNN

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Pop-up Type Tastings at the V&A

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Have you ever wondered what a font might smell or taste like? Or what your choice of font says about your personality?

Join innovative type expert Sarah Hyndman to explore a series games which explore type and perception at the V&A for the London Design Festival with Design Week. Profile the personalities of typefaces; explore whether a font can make a product more expensive, more enjoyable, and how it could even alter the taste of what you eat. Find out which typefaces you would date, ditch or be ‘just good friends’ with and go home with your own Font Fortune. Sarah is the founder of Type Tasting and author of ‘The Type Taster’.

Type Tasting
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September 1-4pm
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

“Sarah Hyndman’s talk was a game changer”

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Sarah Hyndman’s talk was a game-changer. In a tech-focused city, such as SF, designers are often asked to produce analytics for aesthetics they create. Clients will say, “You chose to use this typeface but what’s the data to back up the decision? Does type matter?” Sarah believes, and is proving quantitatively, that typeface choices do indeed matter and are largely influential in consumer behavior. She explores a lot of synesthesic topics in her research and workshops — presenting visual content to evoke an auditory or gustatory response. She builds on the work of cognitive neuroscientists and brings their questions and insights into a real-world lab of designer attendees.

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