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Wine, Type & Culture:
A time travelling tasting journey through type & wine

Wine tasting evening
* Two nights only *

Laithwaite’s Arch, Borough Market
Hosted by Sarah Hyndman and Grant Hedley
Weds 19th, Tues 25th September
£40
7.00pm to 9.30pm
Booking essential:
Book now: Weds 19th
Book now: Tues 25th

Learn about the dramatic impact of type and how it has shaped our world at a unique wine tasting event. Author Sarah Hyndman will take guests on a time travelling journey through pivotal times when she considers that type has been the catalyst for change. Co-host and wine expert Grant Hedley has paired each with a delicious wine, which will be served with activities and stimuli for all the senses as each story is brought to life.

What do the fonts you encounter every day reveal about attitudes, the zeitgeist, cultural change, history repeating, faked news and the modern world? Find out how type was on the front line of revolutions and change, not only to spread the message, but sometimes as the trigger that caused them.

The incredible history of type is brought to life as you find out how typefaces not only changed the world but that their power still resonates. These are the stories of a hacked wine press, the original disruptors, entrepreneurial perseverance, explorers, inventors, revolutions, nostalgia, authenticity, and our vision for the future of type and wine based on trend predictions.

Join us at Laithwaite’s, an amazing venue in the atmospheric Victorian railway arches next to Borough Market.

No prior knowledge of (or interest in) type or design is necessary (over 18s only).

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How about a Gin and Type Tasting?

Event photo by David Owens

Gin & Type Tasting:
The story of fonts, civilisation & gin

Gin tasting evening

Tap & Bottle, Flat Iron Square
Hosted by Sarah Hyndman
Sat 22nd, Thurs 27th September
£40
7.00pm to 9.30pm
Book now: Sat 22nd
Book now: Thurs 27th

Find out how the stories of gin and type are inextricably entwined across trade routes, the history of printing and cultural tastes. From the early days of imported Dutch Jenever and the typefaces that influenced William Caslon, to the minimal and refined 1950s styles of Mad Men dry martinis, Modernism and Helvetica.

Interactive demonstrations will bring each stage in the story to life, making this a memorable journey of discovery.

See the tasting menu

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How about a Wine and Type Tasting?

Event photo by David Owens

Type Tasting serves up the trends for 2018
By Sarah Hyndman

The Type Tasting launch event for 2018 served up a typeface four ways: as a cocktail, confectionery, scent and sound. Each taster was announced with an explanation designed to provoke discussion as guests engaged with the experience, at the end they received a menu-style trend report.

The typeface starring in the event has been selected to encapsulate the mood and visual themes predicted by trend forecasters for 2018. Predictions were combined with survey results which Hyndman cross-referenced with historical typefaces to make the final selection. Her chosen face is intended for ephemeral usage best suited to here-today-gone-tomorrow Instagram and social media posts.

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Pride, Prejudice & Perceptions is an interactive sensory exploration of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, created by AVM Curiosities & Type Tasting for the British Academy’s Literature Week.

Taking inspiration from the typography found in three editions of this classic novel, Pride, Prejudice & Perceptions uses type, sound, sight and scent to serve one story three ways.

Below are some great photos to give you a glimpse, but this installation is best experienced in person and you can find answers to the following questions:

Cabinet I: Classic, the First Edition.
1. What two scents have we combined for the smell of a traditional printing press?
2. What phrase is revealed in the mirror?
3. What sound can you hear?

Cabinet II: Opulence, the Peacock Edition.
4. What is the book scented with (flick through the pages to smell it)?
5. What does the peacock feather represent?
6. What art movement is the lettering inspired by?

Cabinet III: And Zombies, the Graphic Novel.
7. How many zombies can you see?
8. What does our interpretation of the Zombie Apocalypse smell like?
9. What happens through the final peephole?

Pride, Prejudice & Perceptions presented by AVM Curiosities & Type Tasting
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH
Monday 15th to Friday 19th May, 9am to 6pm. FREE ENTRY
For more information please click here.
Part of the Open Senses Festival

“A thoughtful and contemporary way of deconstructing Pride and Prejudice” Marisa Smith, The British Academy

“Beautiful and so original, I could have spent hours looking at (and hearing and smelling) all the details” Tora Orde-Powlett, Penguin Books

“Black lobster and Jane Austen—of course! And the aroma of the printing press mingled with violet and patchouli oil scented books, it is a sensory delight. Inspired by the typography found in three editions of the classic novel—a delightful and diverting indulgence” Rosalind Freeborn

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Pride, Prejudice & Perceptions

AVM Curiosities & Type Tasting present
Pride, Prejudice & Perceptions
British Academy Literature Week 2017: Adaptations and Transformations
15th–19th May, 9am to 6pm. Free, drop in, suitable for all.

Pride, Prejudice & Perceptions: Interactive sensory display
Pride, Prejudice & Perceptions is an interactive sensory exploration of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice created by AVM Curiosities & Type Tasting for the British Academy’s Literature Week. The typography found in editions of this classic novel gives each a different voice. Taking this as the template, the display will use type, sound, sight and scent to serve one story three ways.

Pride, Prejudice & Perceptions: Book tastings
Lates event on Friday 19th May from 7pm to 9pm, advance booking required.
Immerse yourself in a multi-sensory journey as you experience how each edition of the classic novel reveals its distinctive flavour through touch, taste and smell.

AVM Curiosities has been exploring the relationship between art and food through a series of high-calibre events and edible interventions since 2011. Founded by food historian Tasha Marks, AVM Curiosities champions the use of food as an artistic medium, with projects ranging from museum-style exhibitions and sculptural installations to interactive lectures and limited-edition confectionery.
http://www.avmcuriosities.com

Type Tasting’s Sarah Hyndman aims to change the way we think and talk about typography by showing how we interact with it in our everyday lives. She specialises in making the topic accessible with originality, humour and a dash of theatre. Sarah is involved in research into type and perception, she creates interactive events and workshops, and her second book How to Draw Type and Influence People is published in April 2017.
http://www.typetasting.com

British Academy
10-11 Carlton House Terrace,
London, SW1Y 5AH
Part of the Open Senses Festival 20th & 21st May.

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UPDATE: PHOTOS
Click here for a selection of photos. These give you a glimpse, but this installation is best experienced in person with your curiosity and all your senses.

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Have you ever wondered what a font might smell like? Whether it can make a product appear more expensive? Or what your choice of font says about your personality?

Join innovative type expert Sarah Hyndman as she invites you to join in with the research by taking part in a series of entertaining games and perception experiments with type. Profile the personalities of typefaces; judge whether a font can make a product more expensive and therefore more enjoyable, and explore whether it could even alter the taste of what you eat. Find out which typefaces you would date, ditch or be ‘just good friends’ with and how they reflect your own personality. Sarah is the founder of Type Tasting, author of ‘The Type Taster: How Fonts Influence You’.

You are invited into a ‘typographic wonderland’ of interactive games and experiments involving fonts which are designed to surprise and intrigue. These explore our role as type consumers and show how type is woven into the rituals of our everyday lives. Each font/typeface has a personality that influences our interpretation of the words we read by evoking our emotions and setting the scene. Come along and you can be a part of this innovative research and be the first to find out the results.

• Try on ‘font goggles’ to reveal what some fonts are really communicating to you.
• Try your hand at font sniffing: can you match the smells to the typefaces?
• Witness fonts altering the meanings of words right before your very eyes.
• Be amazed that a font could have the power to alter the taste of your food.
• See what personalities fonts have, and what they reveal about YOUR personality.

Questions being explored:
• Can a font make a product appear more expensive?
• Do fonts have recognisable personalities?
• Can a typeface alter the taste of what you eat?
• Can a font alter the mood of what you read?
• When is a Serif a better choice than a Sans Serif typeface, why?

“You’ll never look at fonts in the same way again.” Hannah Stewart

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“As bizarre as it sounds, my job is to match up the bottles and fonts using only my sense of smell.” Jake Wallis Simons, CNN

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LDF V&A volunteers

Would you like to volunteer to be on the Type Tasting team for the pop-up event at the V&A for the London Design Festival? I’m looking for a few more brilliant people to join us and to help to make this event a show-stopping one to remember.

Roles include helping to build the tasting booths/games in advance; to set up/clear the room on the Saturday and Sunday; somebody to live tweet the event; and enthusiastic people to man the booths/games.

If you are available for the weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th of September, and possibly a couple of days/evenings before the event then please get in touch with me (sarah-at-typetasting.com) and let me know why you would like to be a part of this event?

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