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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.

 

 

Virtual Dalston Type Safari & sign spotting pub quiz

Discover the messages hidden in London’s street signs
1-hour Type Safari + 15-minute pub quiz + Q&A
Check out all the virtual talks and events here

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London Type Safari & pub quiz
Route 1: Hidden treasures

Beautiful signs from the past are revealed when a building changes ownership, but they might not be visible for long.

Monday 18th May, 7.30pm (London)  BOOK NOW
Tuesday 2nd June, 9am (London)  BOOK NOW

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London Type Safari & pub quiz
Route 2: Crafted by hand

Signs are the voices of the high street, from DIY lettering, secret in-the-know symbols, to the craft of the sign writer.

Tuesday 19th May, 7.30pm (London)  BOOK NOW
Thursday 4th June, 9am (London)  BOOK NOW

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Routes 1 and 2 can be enjoyed as separate, stand-alone events.

• Compare East London with your local neighbourhood
• Discover clues to spot quintessential businesses from the past
• Explore ornate signs previously hidden from view
• Find out whether you judge a pub by its sign
• Revisit iconic Dalston signs that have since disappeared

Sign spotting pub quiz
This is a fun and informal session that’s suitable for everybody, no design knowledge is needed. There will be a sign spotting quiz during the tour, can you spot all the answers? At the end of the hour-long tour, you’re invited to join Sarah for a drink in a virtual local establishment as she goes through the answers. Play along with your family and friends to find out who is the champion sign spotter?

Your tour guide
Type safaris are led by Type Tasting founder Sarah Hyndman. She’s the author of the bestselling book Why Fonts Matter, a TEDx speaker, regular on BBC Radio 4 and an occasional guest on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. She has created a series of virtual events that will take place while Type Tasting sessions are on hold due to Covid-19.

“Just done the first part of the Dalston Type Safari as a wedding anniversary ‘night out’. It was brilliant and made us feel like we were walking the streets of Dalston during lockdown.” Cathy

“Thank you for the virtual type tour of Dalston! I never noticed the beautiful signs and pieces of history when I was there before. Lovely to learn something at the end of the working day and explore the streets from the comfort of my couch.” Radina

Check out all the virtual talks and events here

Would like to arrange a private tour for your group at a time of your choosing, maybe because you live in a different time zone? Get in touch with Sarah here.

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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.

 

 

Win Fontosaur giveaway packs

Win Fontosaur giveaway packs
Fontosaur: When dinosaur fonts roamed the Earth

There are 20 free giveaway packs up for grabs to celebrate the launch of the exciting new typographic colouring books for children Fontosaur: When dinosaur fonts roamed the Earth.

Each free giveaway pack contains:
• Fontosaur sheets to colour in.
• Activity sheets to cut out and colour.
• A The night the fonts… bedtime book.
All 20 packs will be given away between today and the end of April.

HOW TO ENTER
You can enter on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, select your preferred platform (you only need to enter on one). You and a friend will both be entered into the competition.

Instagram:
Follow @fontosaur and tag a friend on any Fontosaur competition post.

Twitter:
Retweet a Fontosaur competition tweet and tag a friend, find a tweet at @TypeTasting.

Facebook:
Share a Fontosaur competition post and tag a friend, find a post at @TypeTasting.

The names of 20 winners will be pulled out of a jar at random by April 30th. The competition is open to UK addresses only.

Fontosaur
When Dinosaur Fonts Roamed the Earth
By Sarah Hyndman
Paperback: 64 pages, dimensions: 21.6 x 27.9 cm
Buy a copy UK
Buy a copy USA
Freshly printed for you by Amazon in most countries

Read more about the Fontosaur books here

You might also like these colouring books:

    

The Night the Fonts Farted by Sarah Hyndman
The Night the Fonts did something Naughty by Sarah Hyndman