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Sarah hyndman of type tasting at TYPO san francisco

Sarah Hyndman’s talk was a game-changer. In a tech-focused city, such as SF, designers are often asked to produce analytics for aesthetics they create. Clients will say, “You chose to use this typeface but what’s the data to back up the decision? Does type matter?” Sarah believes, and is proving quantitatively, that typeface choices do indeed matter and are largely influential in consumer behavior. She explores a lot of synesthesic topics in her research and workshops — presenting visual content to evoke an auditory or gustatory response. She builds on the work of cognitive neuroscientists and brings their questions and insights into a real-world lab of designer attendees.

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TYPO San Francisco
Friday 1st May
10am (Pacific time, 6pm GMT)
Yerba Buena Center of the Arts
This is being live streamed at

Defocusing, or taking a step back from her project-by-project gaze as a commercial graphic designer, prompted Sarah to question and reassess her future in the industry. As a result she set off on a completely new journey of typographic exploration, self-initiated projects and research which gave her career a new focus and a sense of fun.

Come and discover what a Type Tasting is and hear about some of the surprises and discoveries Sarah has made along the way. Her Font Census enables her to profile the personalities of fonts, and to ask whether designers and non-designers view typefaces in the same way? She starts conversations about the experience of typography by baking edible type and she regularly invites people to her East London studio to sniff fonts. Sarah will show how type evokes all of our senses, talk about working with scientists at Oxford University to research how type can alter our experiences, and give you a glimpse into why she sees the world as a typographic wonderland.

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Main photo: John Aden Higgs