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Creative Lockdown Project: Music alphabet

Creative Lockdown Project: Music alphabet

Challenge
What music has been the soundtrack to your time in lockdown? Draw, photograph or take screengrabs of the letters from the names of your favourite bands or album covers. Combine these to make up a word or phrase that describes how the music has made you feel at this time of social distancing.

Results
Share your finished project on social media with #CreativeLockdownProject. Tag #TypeTasting as I’ll be sharing some of the results.

These challenges are designed to be a bit of fun and to document our time collectively spent in lockdown. Please share it with friends and post your final results on social media with #CreativeLockdownProject. If you also tag #TypeTasting I’ll be sharing some of the results.

 

I’ve started a brand new series of talks on Zoom about the typography of everyday things called Unwrapped. One of the first talks will take a tour through a record collection; this is what inspired this week’s lockdown project. I’d love for you to join me, please book a ticket using the link below.

Unwrapped: Typographic jukebox & pop quiz
Come on a journey through the iconic typography found in a record collection. Discover how typography reflects pop culture and nostalgia. Experience how coming across a record from your teenage years can give you a Proustian memory-rush. You’re invited to send in your favourite album cover lettering in advance so that we can create a typographic playlist.

1-hour interactive talk + 15-minute pop quiz + Q&A (Zoom)

Thur 18th June, 7.30pm (London)  BOOK NOW

See you soon,
Sarah.

 

 

Creative Lockdown Project: Letter hunt

Creative Lockdown Project

Creative Lockdown Project: Letter hunt

We’re all starting to look forward again as we plan our way in a very changed world. At first, I really missed seeing everybody but I’m constantly amazed by how adaptable humans are as we find new ways to interact online.

This week’s challenge comes from Heidi Robinson of TGSA Creative Arts & Design technology, who also took all the photos.

These challenges are designed to be a bit of fun and to document our time collectively spent in lockdown. Please share it with friends and post your final results on social media with #CreativeLockdownProject. If you also tag #TypeTasting I’ll be sharing some of the results.

Challenge
To find an alphabet in your home that’s made out of photos of familiar objects. Zoom right in and crop your photos so that they look like letters. These can be fairly abstract because they’ll be recognisable as an alphabet once you put them together. Combine the letters to make the whole alphabet and why not challenge your friends to do the same so that you can all compare?

For some more inspiration check out Julius Raymund Advincula’s “provocative” typeface made from cleverly positioned body parts.

Results
Share your finished project on social media with #CreativeLockdownProject. Tag #TypeTasting as I’ll be sharing some of the results.

(Main photos: C from an antique candle holder, D is the handle of a glass jug, J is the trunk of an ornamental elephant, O is a wine rack, T is a Mandalorian helmet, X is the lattice on a window. All letters by Heidi Robinson)

Please help support Sarah’s studio
My live events, workshops and talks have been cancelled due to Coronavirus. You can play a vital role in ensuring that the studio rent is paid by supporting the virtual events that I run and by buying me a cup of virtual coffee here. Your help means that I can continue run workshops, research and events again once we’re out the other side.

See you soon,
Sarah.

 

 

Creative Lockdown Project: You & me colouring together

Creative Lockdown Project: You & me colouring together

This week I’ve really missed being able to hug my family and friends. While it might not be the same as a hug, I’ve found that spending time doing something together creatively over Zoom or Facetime has really helped me to feel less separated from them. This is the inspiration for lockdown challenge number seven.

These challenges are designed to be a bit of fun and to document our time collectively spent in lockdown. Please share it with friends and post your final results on social media with #CreativeLockdownProject. If you also tag #TypeTasting I’ll be sharing some of the results.

Challenge
To spend time with a friend or a family member colouring in an ampersand to say “you and me together”. You can do this over Zoom, Facebook or the platform of your choice. When you’ve finished colouring in your ampersand you can hold it up and show it to each other. Then please share it on social media and invite somebody else to join you for a colouring session.

Download the ampersand templates and either print them out or copy them onto a piece of paper. Find your favourite colourful pens, or you could collage, paint or cover your ampersand in glitter—use whatever you have at home.

Ampersand templates to download and print out

Results
Share your finished project on social media with #CreativeLockdownProject. Tag #TypeTasting as I’ll be sharing some of the results.

Please help support Sarah’s studio
My live events, workshops and talks have been cancelled due to Coronavirus. You can play a vital role in ensuring that the studio rent is paid by supporting the virtual events that I run and by buying me a cup of virtual coffee here. Your help means that I can continue run workshops, research and events again once we’re out the other side.

See you soon,
Sarah.

 

 

Creative Lockdown Project: Rainbow alphabet

Creative Lockdown Project: Rainbow alphabet

This is the sixth creative lockdown challenge. These challenges are designed to be a bit of fun and to document our time collectively spent in lockdown, this one is also intended to say a huge THANK YOU to everybody who is working to keep us safe. Please share the project with friends and post your final results on social media with #CreativeLockdownProject. If you also tag #TypeTasting I’ll be sharing some of the results.

This week’s project is inspired by the wonderful rainbow alphabet (shown above) created by my very talented friend Miho Aishima for the children’s ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich and community group @NunheadKnocks. She designed a rainbow typeface and created posters for kids who can’t get outside to see the rainbows out there. You can download Miho’s rainbow fonts here.

Challenge
Create rainbow letters to spell out a phrase to say thank you to all the healthcare professionals and key workers who’re working so hard to keep us safe at the moment. Put your finished phrase in your window for all to see or share it via social media.

Your letters could be rainbow-shaped, they could be in rainbow colours or they could change magically as we look at them. Maybe they feature other elements like sunshine, animals and birds? Or they could feature images of how key workers are helping you to feel safe, from the postie who delivers your post to the nurses, paramedics and doctors who are saving lives.

Results
Share your finished project on social media with #CreativeLockdownProject. Tag #TypeTasting as I’ll be sharing some of the results.

See you soon,
Sarah.

 

 

Creative Lockdown Project: Everyday display letter

Creative Lockdown Project: Everyday display letter

In the 1820s Louis John Pouchée created decoratively extravagant letters which were based on a fat-face style typeface. The letters featured imagery of things that were popular at the time like flowers, farmyard scenes, musical instruments and Masonic symbols.

Challenge
To create your own modern-day version of an ornamented letter that illustrates your everyday life while we’re in lockdown. Please share this project with your family and friends so you can all compare your letters.

1) Either print out one of the letters from the letter template pdf (click here to download it). Or make your own letter outline.

2) Fill the letter with objects that represent your everyday life in lockdown. This is a challenging time that is making us look at familiar objects and places in a new way as old habits are replaced by new rituals. This could be an appreciation of the flowers in a garden, the technology that now connects us to those we love, cooking utensils or improvised exercise-from-home gym equipment.

3) You can collect objects to make a real-life collage that you photograph. You could paint or draw your scene, or cut out and stick labels from packaging and photos onto your letter outline.

Download the letter template pdf here.

Results
Share your finished project on social media with #CreativeLockdownProject. Use the tag to see what everybody else has created and please tag #TypeTasting as I’ll be sharing some of the results.

 

Please help support Sarah’s studio
All live events, workshops and talks have been cancelled due to Coronavirus. Virtual events will be announced soon. Meanwhile, you can play a vital role in ensuring that the studio rent is paid by buying me a cup of virtual coffee here. Your help means that I can continue run workshops, research and events again once we’re out the other side, Sarah.

 

 

Fontosaur: When dinosaur fonts roamed the Earth

Fontosaur: When dinosaur fonts roamed the Earth
A colouring book written and illustrated by Sarah Hyndman
Buy the book here www.typetasting.com/books

This is the first in a new series of books that combine dinosaurs with fonts. It began when Sarah’s 12-year-old nephew Eddie had the brilliant idea to make the faces of animals like cat, dog, cow, pig and T-Rex out of the letters of their name. Sarah and Eddie are now working on a collaborative sequel together.

Typographic animal sketches by Eddie Shelton (dog, cat, T-Rex and pig).

The idea to make a typographic book just about dinosaurs came about when a friend’s three-year-old son Blake unwrapped Sarah’s The Night the Fonts… books at Christmas and was disappointed because he really, really wanted a book about dinosaurs. Sarah says “I felt very sad that he was disappointed by the books even though they were full of farting and burping fonts and so I took up the challenge to make a book that he would love”.

The result is Fontosaur: When dinosaur fonts roamed the Earth, which is a book crammed full of dinosaurs reimagined as different fonts. Children will have fun learning to recognise letters in different shapes and sizes. They will learn how to spell out the names of their favourite dinosaurs while they colour them in. The book contains 50 fontosaurs to colour in along with activity sheets of fontosaurs to cut out, colour and stick onto a prehistoric landscape.

The first edition is in the form of a colouring book published and printed via Amazon’s print-on-demand platform. Sarah explains that she chose this format to launch Fontosaur “because it’s the quickest way I can get the books into the hands of children in lots of countries during this time of social-isolation”. A colourful reading book and stationery are planned for the future once funding (or a book deal) has been secured.

Better known for her work for adults, why did Sarah write a book about fonts for children?

“I think this is a wonderful age to write for because it’s when children are learning to read, so my children’s books are designed to start a conversation between the child and the grown-up reading with them. I find that children are excited about fonts and different lettering styles because their books are already so typographically expressive. From comic books to cartoons, this is a visual language they’re already very familiar with. My books put the spotlight on the typefaces, making both children and the grown-ups who read with them more aware of the fantastical world of fonts”.

Sarah Hyndman is on a mission to change the way we think and talk about typography by making it fun and exciting for everybody. She specialises in making typography entertaining and relevant with humour, a dash of theatre and lashings of audience participation. Sarah is the author of the bestselling book Why Fonts Matter (Penguin/Random House) and the founder of Type Tasting. As an experienced public speaker Sarah has given a TEDx talk and she speaks at events around the world. She’s an entertaining guest on radio and TV (including Word of Mouth with Michael Rosen, Today and Saturday Live for BBC Radio 4, Sunday Brunch for Channel 4).

Share the fontosaurs your children colour in or create with Sarah on Instagram @fontosaur.

Buy Fontosaur: When dinosaur fonts roamed the Earth here www.typetasting.com/books

Update: three-year-old Blake does now enjoy The Night the Fonts Farted book and thinks that his parents reading to him about farting fonts is very funny.

Look inside…

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Creative Lockdown Project: Type Safari in your home

Creative Lockdown Project: Type Safari in your home

The combinations of type found on street signs reveal a great deal about a city, town or specific area. They reflect the social, economic and historical development of the area and create their own, unique typographic DNA.

For a number of years, I took people on Type Safaris through Dalston in East London. These are guided walks exploring the signage with a photography challenge to create a phrase using letters from Dalston signs, as shown above. We often ended the tour by going for drinks in a quintessentially Dalston-style bar with a chequered lino floor (from its previous life as a furniture shop), a glitter ball and lampshades made from plastic vegetable colanders.

I’ll be inviting you to join me on a virtual Dalston Type Safari, dates to be announced soon. In our lockdown lives, we’re instead finding ourselves navigating our way around the rooms in our homes. This is the inspiration for this week’s Creative Lockdown Challenge.

Creative Lockdown Project: Type Safari in your home

This week’s challenge is to create a typographic composition to reflect your lockdown life at home.

Challenge
1) Think of a phrase, quote, memory or lyric that you associate with this time of self-isolation, ideally between 10 and 25 characters long (including spaces).

2) Write this down on a piece of paper so you can cross out the letters as you find them.

3) Find the individual letters on the packaging, products and logos around your home that make up your phrase (including spaces).

4) Combine your photos so that they spell out your phrase.

Results
Share your finished project on social media with #CreativeLockdownProject. Tag #TypeTasting as I’ll be sharing some of the results.

Virtual Dalston Type Safari type safari certificate Dalston Type Safari certificates
Join me for a Virtual Dalston Type Safari & sign spotting quiz
What are the secrets hidden in an area’s signage? How do they influence your choices? How does East London compare to your local neighbourhood?
Format: 1-hour Type Safari + 30-minute type pub quiz with Q&A.
Find out more and sign up here.

Please help support the studio
All live events, workshops and talks have been cancelled due to Coronavirus. Virtual events will be announced soon. Meanwhile, you can play a vital role in ensuring that the studio rent is paid by buying me a cup of virtual coffee here. Your help means that I can continue run workshops, research and events again once we’re out the other side, Sarah.

 

 

 

 

Type Tasting needs your help

This is my wonderful studio in an old Victorian chocolate factory in East London. This is where I create Type Tasting workshops, talks, meetups and events. I do a lot of work with students and spend a large proportion of my time on self-initiated and self-funded research. However, all paid work for the next few months has been cancelled due to Coronavirus. In order to pay the rent, I’ll be inviting you to join me here for virtual events in return for a small donation that will go towards paying the studio rent, all from the comfort of your home.

Supporting me through this difficult time will be entertaining and educational. You’ll also be playing a vital role in ensuring that the studio rent is paid so that I can run workshops, research and events again once we’re out the other side. Click here to make a donation.

See you soon,
Sarah.

 

Creative Lockdown Project: Edible alphabet

Creative Lockdown Project: Edible alphabet

This is the third creative lockdown challenge. These challenges are designed to be a bit of fun and to document our time collectively spent in lockdown. Please share this creative challenge with your friends and post your final results on social media.

Challenge
Use the food you have in your home to create an edible alphabet. Think about a word you would like to spell out and work out how to make the letters. Will you arrange the food you’re about to eat or would you like to bake something from scratch?

Don’t go out shopping to buy any extra ingredients, the challenge is to use what you can find in your kitchen. It would be great to see photos of the process as you bake or create your letters.

Results
Share your finished project on social media with #CreativeLockdownProject. Tag #TypeTasting as I’ll be sharing some of the results.

Support the studio
All live events, workshops and talks have been cancelled due to Coronavirus. Virtual events will be announced soon. Meanwhile, you can play a vital role in ensuring that the studio rent is paid by buying me a cup of virtual coffee here. Your help means that I can continue run workshops, research and events again once we’re out the other side, Sarah.

Examples shown: SWEET by Julie Mauro, TYPE by Nathan Dye and EAT MY WORDS by Theo Stewart.

 

 

Creative Lockdown Project: Human body alphabet

Creative Lockdown Project: Human body alphabet

This is the second creative lockdown challenge designed to be a bit of fun and to document our time collectively spent in lockdown. Please share it with friends and post your final results on social media with #CreativeLockdownProject. If you also tag #TypeTasting I’ll be sharing some of the results.

Challenge

For you and a friend to create an alphabet using the human body and a video chat app. You need at least one other self-isolating person to take part, but feel free to turn it into an alphabet challenge party with a large group of friends!

Process

1. Start a video chat with a friend.

2. Take turns creating each letter of the alphabet by posing in different ways. You may need to improvise with props for some of the letters.

3. To document each letter, the person not posing takes a screengrab or photograph of the screen.

4. Compile all the letters to create the full alphabet. Leave the Zoom, Houseparty or Skype frames around the letters. This will document how we’re all socialising while we’re in lockdown. But remember to block out any ID numbers!

Results

Share your finished project on social media with #CreativeLockdownProject. If you also tag #TypeTasting I’ll be sharing some of the results.

Example
Disco Type, a typeface created by Steven Gunner, Sam McLeod, Nick Watts and Sarah Hyndman at the St Bride Library, London.

Support the studio
All live events, workshops and talks have been cancelled due to Coronavirus. Virtual events will be announced soon. Meanwhile, you can play a vital role in ensuring that the studio rent is paid by buying me a cup of virtual coffee here. Your help means that I can continue run workshops, research and events again once we’re out the other side, Sarah.