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.
“London is bursting at the seams with creative types and ‘trendy’ now seems to outnumber ‘normal’. I wanted to create a graphic representation of the infiltration of the hipster- bright clothes and cool composure.”
Having lived in the area for a number of years and witnessed the area change first hand Wilding created the Dalstonistist blog earlier in 2013. it fast gained a large readership and has become the go-to guide for everything Dalston, although he explains that “to be honest, mostly the fun stuff. Bars, clubs, gigs, restaurants and any other weird things that go on round here.”
“London is probably the best place in the world to live. But London, for me, is Dalston. A lot of the diversity and variety that makes London so great can be found mere moments away from my front door. My Type Tasting piece contains signage from Dalston institutions and some of the more recent additions to the area—reflecting the change that continues to take place. It’s also fairly rough and ready—just like Dalston itself.”
Two beautifully summery submissions for Type Tasting with the London Design Festival at the V&A. ‘Festival’ is by graphic designer Zoë Chan, the typographic bunting is created from felt and paper with lots of chunky display type. Dubai based Monica Brough’s ‘Botanical’ is inspired by her love of the natural world and all the gardens and parks in and around London such as Hampton Court and Kew Gardens.