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Type Tasting launched on 14th February 2013. Since then we’ve had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with so many amazing people, to work with forward-thinking and dynamic organisations, and to be a part of exciting events around the world. A huge thank you to everybody who’s taken part.

10 prize giveaway packs of signed books and goodies are up for grabs to celebrate five years of Type Tasting. Questions (or where to find the question) can be found each day on Instagram or Twitter #TypeTasting5years. To enter the competion each day, and find clues to the answers, click here.

One pack will be given away each day to a participant with a UK address (except the prize draw on February 16th, which is available to an international winner). Each prize pack contains a selection of typographic goodies that take the theme of that day’s question. There are signed books by Sarah Hyndman (including exclusive copies of the limited first edition of The Type Taster, which is out of print). Special prizes include tickets to one of the last ever public N16 Ghostsigns tours, goodies from Monotype, a pair of tickets to the fantastic Museum of Brands and a voucher for Laithwaite’s wine.

Type Tasting creates experiential learning scenarios designed to entertain and ignite curiosity through type and all the senses. Participants are immersed in the discovery process with experiments, activities and tastings designed to be thought-provoking. Everything is dished up with fun and a theatrical twist. Founded by graphic designer Sarah Hyndman in 2013, deliverables include interactive talks, immersive events, activity-packed workshops, and mass-participation creativity events. Find out more.

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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You are invited to our Type Tasting Christmas Open Studios Weekend on 25th & 26th November from 11am-5pm. The Chocolate Factory N16, Farleigh Place (off Farleigh Road), London N16 7SX.

There will be something experimental taking place in the Pop-up Lab. The studio will be full of all things typography—to look at and to buy. Including signed copies of Sarah’s books, limited edition screen prints, and letters to hang on your Christmas tree.

Chat to Sarah about an event or workshop for your organisation, either as a Christmas jolly or some teambuilding inspiration to see in the New Year. This year she has created Type Tastings for adidas, British Academy, Bumble Bizz, D&AD, The Fragrance Forum, Monotype at Design Thinkers Toronto, the V&A for the London Design Festival, Wellcome Collection, and WGSN.

Private view evening
Type Tasting supporters are invited to the private view on Friday 24th November from 6.30pm-9.30pm, please RSVP sarah(a)typetasting.com

Font Selfie Workshop at the V&A for the London Design Festival
Type Tasting
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September
11am to 5pm, free drop in, no booking necessary
Sackler Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum
London Design Festival 2017

Come along to the Type Tasting workshop at the Victoria and Albert Museum where you can pick a typeface that reflects your personality and customise it to create your own ‘Font Selfie’. Your design will be added to the display in this prestigious museum, which will grow throughout the weekend as we create an exciting collection of typographic self-portraits. You can showcase your work and follow the growing collection online at #FontSelfie. You are welcome to collect your work between 5pm and 5.30pm on Sunday.

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Storytelling with Fonts
Talk at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday

Author and Type Tasting founder Sarah Hyndman will give a short talk on telling stories with fonts. She will also be signing copies of her books.

Participate in font personality research
Hyndman has created this mass participation experiment as part of her ongoing research, which will form the basis for her next book. She needs your help: either come along to the Type Tasting Pop Up Laboratory at the V&A, or click here to take part online.

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I would like to invite you to join me on Sunday 2nd July for a drink and to look through development sketches and final drawings created for my recent book ‘How to Draw Type and Influence People’. This is also an opportunity to talk to me about the workshops and events that I host, along with my research adventures (including the collaborative ‘Jelly bean’ study that has just been submitted with Professor Charles Spence, University of Oxford).

There will be a studio sale of screen prints, postcards and pictures from earlier stages of my career, these will be offered at specially discounted prices and are not available anywhere else.

The open day will take place on Sunday 2nd July from midday until 6pm in Studio F7, The Chocolate Factory N16, Farleigh Place, Stoke Newington, London, N16 7SX. I would be grateful if you would RSVP to sarah(a)typetasting.com. Other studios will be open for you to browse around and talk to the artists.

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Pop Up Type Tasting Typography Lab
Stoke Newington Literary Festival
2nd & 3rd June, 11am to 8pm, free.
Venue – Locations around the Town Hall

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One of the experiments we ran at this event has now been published: The role of typeface curvilinearity on taste expectations and perception by Carlos Velasco, Sarah Hyndman (Type Tasting), Charles Spence (University of Oxford), International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science, January 2018.
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What does a font taste or smell like? Do letterforms convey mood? Can a typeface enhance your experiences? Author Sarah Hyndman invites you to take part in typographic experiments as part of her current research. The mobile laboratory will pop up at various festival locations throughout the weekend. Get location updates on Twitter at #TypeTastingLab.

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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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