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Virtual Dalston Type Safari & sign spotting pub quiz

Discover the messages hidden in London’s street signs
1-hour Type Safari + 15-minute pub quiz + Q&A
Check out all the virtual talks and events here

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London Type Safari & pub quiz
Route 1: Hidden treasures

Beautiful signs from the past are revealed when a building changes ownership, but they might not be visible for long.

Monday 18th May, 7.30pm (London)  BOOK NOW
Tuesday 2nd June, 9am (London)  BOOK NOW

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London Type Safari & pub quiz
Route 2: Crafted by hand

Signs are the voices of the high street, from DIY lettering, secret in-the-know symbols, to the craft of the sign writer.

Tuesday 19th May, 7.30pm (London)  BOOK NOW
Thursday 4th June, 9am (London)  BOOK NOW

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Routes 1 and 2 can be enjoyed as separate, stand-alone events.

• Compare East London with your local neighbourhood
• Discover clues to spot quintessential businesses from the past
• Explore ornate signs previously hidden from view
• Find out whether you judge a pub by its sign
• Revisit iconic Dalston signs that have since disappeared

Sign spotting pub quiz
This is a fun and informal session that’s suitable for everybody, no design knowledge is needed. There will be a sign spotting quiz during the tour, can you spot all the answers? At the end of the hour-long tour, you’re invited to join Sarah for a drink in a virtual local establishment as she goes through the answers. Play along with your family and friends to find out who is the champion sign spotter?

Your tour guide
Type safaris are led by Type Tasting founder Sarah Hyndman. She’s the author of the bestselling book Why Fonts Matter, a TEDx speaker, regular on BBC Radio 4 and an occasional guest on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. She has created a series of virtual events that will take place while Type Tasting sessions are on hold due to Covid-19.

“Just done the first part of the Dalston Type Safari as a wedding anniversary ‘night out’. It was brilliant and made us feel like we were walking the streets of Dalston during lockdown.” Cathy

“Thank you for the virtual type tour of Dalston! I never noticed the beautiful signs and pieces of history when I was there before. Lovely to learn something at the end of the working day and explore the streets from the comfort of my couch.” Radina

Check out all the virtual talks and events here

Would like to arrange a private tour for your group at a time of your choosing, maybe because you live in a different time zone? Get in touch with Sarah here.

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Dalston Type Safari

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Take a walking tour of Dalston in East London with author Sarah Hyndman. See how the signage reveals that the area dates back to the 1800s with its own grand department store, pie & eel shop, Art Deco cinemas, a factory that sold paints to JMW Turner, and the market that inspired Eastenders.

Update. There are no Type Safaris departing this year as Sarah focuses on new and exciting projects. If you would like to arrange a private tour for your company please get in touch with sarah(a)typetasting.com.

“Fabulous tour of Dalston… Exploring the urban fabric through type” Sarah Stewart, Londonist

“A unique & interesting way to ‘read’ the city.” Sophie Nellis

Find out more…

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Secrets of Dalston revealed on a Type Safari

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Secrets of Dalston revealed on a Type Safari
The next Dalston Type Safari is on Thursday June 25th. We found some hidden secrets on the last walking tour, what signage discoveries will we make on the next one?

Click here to find out more.

Update. There are no Type Safaris departing this year as Sarah focuses on new and exciting projects. If you would like to arrange a private tour for your company please get in touch with sarah(a)typetasting.com.

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Dalston Type Safaris for Summer 2016

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What does signage along a high street reveal about an area? What assumptions do you make that influence your choices? Will you take up the letter hunt challenge? (No prior experience needed, ideal for all).

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Gift Vouchers & new Dalston Type Safari Dates

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Gift Vouchers & new Dalston Type Safari Dates

Sunday 19th January, 6.30-8.30pm
Sunday 2nd February, 6.30-8.30pm
(book early as spaces are limited)

Safari ticket 1 person £20, includes souvenir map on the day
Safari ticket + gift voucher in a presentation card for 1 person £25, for 2 people £45 (UK). Please order by December 10th to receive the gift voucher before Christmas.

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Type Tasting’s Sarah Hyndman on the BBC’s The Arts Hour

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Type Tasting’s Sarah Hyndman on the BBC’s The Arts Hour

“We hear from Sarah Hyndman about how new sign design in London is reflecting the cultural and economic changes in the city.” Interviewed by Nikki Bedi. Listen to the interview.

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‘Eclectic’ by Sarah Hyndman

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‘Eclectic’ by Sarah Hyndman

Photos taken by Type Tasting organiser Sarah Hyndman on a Type Safari through Dalston.

Type Safaris have proved popular and reinforce the ‘typography is all around us’ message. You are taken on a tour of an area of London, for example Dalston, and show you how the history of the area is revealed through the signage, explaining the origins of the different typefaces and discussing why they are (or aren’t) appropriate for each sign.

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‘Panoramic’ by Alexandra Blum

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‘Panoramic’ by Alexandra Blum

“I love the panoramas of London. I’ve spent a lot of time climbing and drawing from scaffolding, as artist in residence on the Dalston Square construction site in Hackney, east London, where the encompassing sense of space was incredible.‘Panoramic’ was made referring to drawings made at the top of the scaffolding, 200 metres up.”

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