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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.

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

Reviews from the preview evening:
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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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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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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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Read the article here…