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Type Tasting at the London Design Festival

London Design Festival 2016

Exciting and innovative Type Tasting events are planned for the London Design Festival with Bankside Design District. ‘Do You Judge a Wine by its Label?’ is an enlightening and enjoyable tasting evening that combines wine, design and science. Discover what the label tells you about a wine, and how it can even influence how it tastes (along with jolly nice Laithwaite’s wine). ‘What’s Your Type?’ workshops are bursting with fun games and demonstrations that teach you the personalities of typefaces and how to choose a font in three easy steps (no experience necessary). This will be hosted by Bedales in Borough Market.

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Do you judge a wine by its label? London Design Festival. Do you judge a wine by its label? London Design Festival.

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Do you judge a wine by its label?
Wine and type tasting evening, £30
Thursday 22nd September, 7.30pm – 9.30pm SOLD OUT
Tuesday 27th September, 7.30pm – 9.30pm BOOK NOW
Laithwaite’s, Arch 219-221, Stoney St, London SE1 9AA

A unique and enlightening wine/type tasting experience. Come on a journey of discovery through a selection of superb wines as you explore what the design of the label tells you about what you drink. How much does a bottle cost? If it looks expensive will you enjoy it more? What does the type tell you about its provenance? Try your hand at wine and font pairing as you identify the key flavours. Ultimately is the label just there to inform you, or can it transform your tasting experience?

The wine and type tasting evening has been created by innovative type expert Sarah Hyndman, founder of Type Tasting, and will be co-hosted by Grant Hedley the wine tasting expert (tough job) with Laithwaite’s. The event will be held in the beautiful Laithwaite’s Arch store. This family owned, independent wine merchant has been finding some of the most exciting and enjoyable wines in the world for the last 50 years.

“Frankly brilliant idea of combining a type workshop with a wine tasting” It’s Nice That

Book quickly, tickets are selling fast www.bit.ly/LDFWineType

Reviews from the preview evening:
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What's Your Type?

LEARN
What’s your type?

Would you like to learn a simple 3-step process for choosing a font?
And to have access to the latest Type Tasting research results?

Wednesday 21st September, £15
Workshops last an hour; start times are 12pm, 2pm, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm.
Bedales Borough Market, 5 Bedale St, London SE1 9AL.
(No experience is needed, booking is necessary as numbers are limited).
BOOK NOW

Type Tasting is involved in extensive research quantifying how we respond to different typefaces. This workshop is based on results, not opinions; you will learn how to use this knowledge to make confident font choices.

• LEARN an easy 3-step process for choosing a font.
• FIND OUT why different fonts are suitable for different occasions.
• CREATE a font profile analysis chart to refer to when choosing fonts.
• UNDERSTAND how a font can look cheap, expensive, calm, angry and can even alter your experiences.

Find out more…

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Also from Type Tasting during the London Design Festival

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DISCOVER
Tate Modern: Talk and book signing
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September
Date to be announced

CREATE
V&A: Typographic Time Machine #TimeType
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September
Drop in and get creative at the V&A during the London Design Festival’s Graphics Weekend, sponsored by Monotype

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DISCOVER / CREATE / LEARN / TASTE
Download the programme of Type Tasting events at the London Design Festival.

(Photos from Type Tasting at the V&A for LDF 2015 by David Owens)

 

Jellybeans and ‘Experimental’

Q&A at Letterform Live

The theme of Grafik’s Letterform Live this week was ‘Experimental’, and it was an exciting evening to be a part of. My aim for the evening was to bring a bit of ‘bonkers and magic’ at a time of so much anxiety. We filled the bar with jellybeans and asked the 130 audience members to guess each flavour from the style of the typeface on the label. If you weren’t at the event you can still take part in this experiment here.

Jelly beans at Letterform Live Jelly beans at Letterform Live

I spoke about how amazing the human brain is for the skilful way it creates a ‘sub-programme’ to perform the complex task of reading, which your subconscious performs automatically. Your eyes simply glance over a series of marks in a huge array of shapes and sizes and—as if by magic—stories, ideas, memories, songs, smells are conjured up right there in your mind.

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Why Fonts Matter in the US

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Why Fonts Matter US publication Why Fonts Matter US Why Fonts Matter US

Click on the images above to take a quick tour of the book, which will officially be launched in the US on June 1st.

You can buy it online in the UK here, and in the US here. It’s also in plenty of bookshops, museum and gallery shops, please send a photo if you spot it somewhere, and support your local bookshop.

 

 

“Fun” “Brilliant” “Inspiring” “Eye-candy” “Enlightening”

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“Fun” “Brilliant” “Inspiring” “Eye-candy” “Enlightening” Amazon reviews

“A fascinating insight into how type can influence our feelings, our senses, and even our taste” Professor Charles Spence, University of Oxford

Bookseller 10 titles not to miss

Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman is out now, published by Virgin Books (Penguin/Random House).

It’s Nice That ‘Why Fonts Matter, and how they impact your mood’

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Typography might just help you date, solve obesity and impact your mood; so we’ve learnt from type fanatic Sarah Hyndman. We’ve previously dubbed her “the one woman tour-de-force behind the Type Tasting enterprise”, which looks at the power typography has over our lives and senses. She’s now published a new book on the subject, Why Fonts Matter, and has kindly offered us an extract looking at the effects of typography on our emotions.

“Physically, we use our voice, facial expressions. gestures and posture to convey a wide range of emotional cues from the subtle to the dramatic. Typefaces and the way they are used provide a similarly extensive emotional range typographically.”

Read the full article.

AIGA: The World’s Most Expensive-looking Font Might Surprise You

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The World’s Most Expensive-looking Font Might Surprise You
By Madeleine Morley for AIGA

When you hear the word “luxury,” it’s easy to conjure up the colors gold, silver, and velvety purple; yet when it comes to typography, what we associate with wealth is less clear-cut. For the ancient Greeks, rare and precious purple ink came from sea snails found deep in the ocean, a dye so difficult to obtain it was reserved for kings. We don’t mine the sea for letters of the alphabet though, so what’s the typeface equivalent of purple ink, the fanciest looking font?

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