The UK’s Lockdown 3 was announced on Tuesday night. I knew immediately that I wanted to do something fun, entertaining and interactive on a regular basis—because social interaction has turned out to be the surprise and most salient star of my live Zoom events.
The result is Sarah’s Font Quiz. This is a free, weekly and rather tongue-in-cheek live Zoom quiz that draws inspiration from ’70s and ’80s gameshows. It’s suitable for all because it’s packed with pop culture references. You can join in live on Zoom or watch it on catchup on YouTube.
The first episode was turned around in just four days because I felt it was important to launch at the start of lockdown. It’s a bit rough around the edges (with some very dodgy kerning) but we had a lot of fun and I’m gathering quiz-meets-gameshow ideas for next Saturday. What’s your favourite retro gameshow?
Professional development typography masterclasses—not just for designers!
Invest in the professional development of your company with effective Zoom workshops that are engaging and fun with plenty of “aha!” moments.
Typography is the voice of your brand and it’s important for everybody in a company to understand some basics, not just graphic designers.
This is a series of Zoom masterclasses hosted by author, researcher and Type Tasting founder Sarah Hyndman. Sarah’s an expert in making learning fun and is on a mission to make typography exciting for everybody. Each masterclass focuses on an experiential area of typography with enlightening activities, engaging demonstrations and useful how-to guides. These are currently available as live Zoom sessions, which means you can join a masterclass from anywhere in the world.
Ideal for departments across the whole company, not just designers
These are interesting, inspiring and fun workshops with clear and empowering takeaways for people from all roles in a company. They’re ideal as a team-building session or to reinforce the importance of coherent use of language and fonts for your brand.
You can arrange a private session for your group or organisation, or come along as an individual to a public event. Private sessions are modified to suit the participants.
“Such a fun, interesting and inspiring workshop with clear and empowering takeaways. It reinforced the importance of coherent presentation of our brand for colleagues from all parts of our company, in all types of roles.” Nicky Borowiec, Springer Nature
As another lockdown is about to begin here in England I’ve been thinking about ways I can help at a difficult time for so many. I’m creating new Learn in lockdown workshops on Sundays starting this coming weekend (scroll down to see the dates and topics). These are interactive and fun creative sessions, which are suitable for all levels and you can join in from anywhere in the world.
I know from the conversations I have with so many of you that there’s a shared feeling of loneliness and isolation during lockdowns. In response to this, my live Zoom workshops are packed with interactivity and you’re encouraged to keep your cameras on where possible so we all feel like we’re in the same room together.
There’s an option for a small group to join me for a chat after the event. I’ve been finding that this is a wonderful opportunity to talk about the event with people from around the world and to hear how so many of our experiences are shared.
A meditation in typography for people with a fondness for fonts.
A fun game created by Adobe Fonts and Sarah Hyndman to showcase the new browse-by-tags feature that lets you help build the Adobe Fonts collection of tags. More fonts and tags will be added in the future.
The game was built by Oddbird with sound created by Rob Taliesin Owen.
Get spooky creating your own scary words to haunt your social media or to frighten your friends and family.
Come on a chilling tour of frightening fonts—from Victorian book covers and ghostly fairground rides to childhood sweet wrappers and horror movie posters. Draw along and create letters inspired by sounds that will chill you to your core. Learn about fonts and discover the thing that will truly scare the graphic designer in your life.
This is an hour of truly terrifying typography? Do you dare to join in?
Join in live for an hour of spooky fun, with a unique-to-you link to the recording of that session for 24-hours so you can take part on catchup at a time that suits you.
Price per person £8 / £4 (those financially impacted by Covid-19). Advance booking essential, the number per session is capped so don’t miss out.
** Book with friends, 20% discount for 3+ tickets (applies to full-price tickets) **
This workshop is designed for adults, older children are welcome to join in if they have an adult with them to help, each child’s ticket is £4.
This is a brand new event, I’d appreciate it if you would please click ‘interested’ on the Facebook page here.
Final weeks — book now or miss out! This is the most effective way to learn about fonts. Learn why there are so many different styles: from politics to pop-culture and where you’ll encounter them today.
No knowledge of typography is needed, just your curiosity. Draw along as you learn with a Spotify soundtrack.
Three x half-hour sessions are broadcast live on each topic then available to watch at a time that suits you. Recordings are only available for three weeks after the live broadcasts end. £9.50 / £6 (students and those financially impacted by coronavirus). Book here
Every week The Design Museum hosts #FontSunday on Twitter. I’m excited that I’m hosting this event on Sunday. I’d love to see the wonderful fonts that represent your activities for the day. What eye-catching logos, packaging, labels or signs do you plan to interact with?
Post your photos on Twitter from 12 noon with #TypeSafari @DesignMuseum. I’ll be chatting and sharing photos throughout the afternoon and The Design Museum will be retweeting their favourites. Take part and you could have your photos shared by The Design Museum!
We’d love to see the beautiful fonts that represent your activities for the day. What labels, mastheads or wrappers reveal your Sunday rituals? Post your photos from noon on Sunday.
Type Tasting created a large-scale multisensory installation for Adobe Fonts at the Adobe MAX conference in Los Angeles from 2nd to 6th November 2019.
Visitors were immersed in the mood of different typefaces through all of their senses. At each station they were invited to put on headphones, to smell a scent in a jar or by flipping the pages of a book, to eat a small taster and to feel a texture. Each set of stimuli was designed to bring a mood to life in the participant’s imagination. There was curiosity and intrigue as the first visitors arrived and they were soon returning with groups of friends saying “you have to try this”.