This is the first instalment of a review of 2017—a busy and exciting year in which Type Tasting has popped up in prestigious locations both in the UK and abroad (read part 2 here).
Type Tasting founder Sarah Hyndman is on a mission to make typography relevant and engaging for all, she also believes that design can create positive change. Sarah specialises in making a complex topic accessible with originality, humour, a dash of theatre and lashings of audience participation. This year she has spoken at the launch of a new watch, a fragrance conference, she has been interviewed by The Times and on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. She has created an immersive exhibition for the British Academy, and run workshops for adidas, BumbleBizz, Wellcome and WGSN. The Type Tasting pop-up lab also gathered data for the latest collaborative study with the team from the University of Oxford, and her latest book was published.
Type Tasting with the London Design Festival at the V&A
It was a weekend of Type Tasting drop in workshops at the V&A beneath our impressive collection of creative London words. The room was buzzing with chatter as people came in and looked at the collection, especially as the new words were added throughout the weekend and covered the walls by the end.
We’ve been posing the question “what’s your creative London?” and the collection overhead inspired participants to sit down and create their own responses. Many arrived looking determined and announcing “I’m here to make my word”. Our corner of the V&A became the hive of creativity and messy activity. The tables were filled with faces of concentration and the sounds of cutting and scribbling with the occasional “pass the glue?”. See portraits of the participants with their completed words.
We’re also delighted to have welcomed those who traveled from far afield to join us having listened to me being interviewed by John Humphrys and Justin Webb on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday morning.
The day was documented by Oli Frape who set up his easel for Live Lettering throughout Saturday, we played lively rounds of Typography Karaoke and covered much of the remaining wall space with the newly created words.
And most importantly thank you to the Type Tasting team who you all met at the weekend who briefed, encouraged, photographed and cheered everybody on.