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So you thought typography history was boring?

A selection of creative drawings

“Typography doesn’t exist in a history vacuum”

I’ve started a new online series based on the extremely popular activity from my in-person workshops called Typography Life Drawing. This article is a celebration of the results and feedback I’ve received so far, which you can see here are wonderful. A selection of the work is featured here or click here to visit the growing gallery.

This is an innovative new way to learn about type history through drawing, storytelling and music.

“It’s 3 x half-hour sessions a week but the sessions are recorded so you can do them in your own time. Brilliant!” Jan Lewis

There’s still plenty of time for you to join in. With a new topic each week you can just join in for the weeks that interest you or sign up for the whole series!

Typography Life Drawing with author Sarah Hyndman

Weekly £9.50 / £6 (students) book here
4-week subscription £33 book here
Full series subscription £65 (only available until Sunday 23rd August) book here

“Another incredible week of Typography Life Drawing. I can’t recommend these enough. Come for the drawing, stay for the history lessons.” @Minarama

👏🎉 Terrific Tuscans drawings shown above are by Olivia Krawczyk, @minarama, @stonkingfidosetc, @minarama, @stircreativenz and Kat Gaska (left to right, top to bottom) 👏🎉

 

“Sarah is a fantastic tutor, gives historical context and encourages us to think beyond letterforms into social and aesthetic implications. Can’t recommend it enough” Mina Bach

“Brilliant format—loved the Spotify playlists too” Dr Geraldine Marshall

“I was curious about typography but wasn’t sure where to start in learning more. This playful, fast-moving online series was the perfect introduction to some key ideas in the history, use and appreciation of type. Thanks Sarah for your infectious enthusiasm and fun approach to teaching.” Gabby Hoad

👏🎉 Sans Seekers drawings shown above are by Jenny Monds, Kat Gaska, @stonkingfidosetc, Olivia Krawczyk and Jitka Hruzova (left to right, top to bottom) 👏🎉

 

“I signed up for the first Typography Life Drawing session because it sounded interesting and I fancied a bit of sketching. Sarah packs so much information into these fun, bite sized sessions—visual images, sounds, history and further resources; it was way more inspiring than I expected. After every class I’m buzzing with enthusiasm and lots of new ideas!” Kat Gaska

“Just took part in live Typography Life Drawing with @typetasting. It was fab! Definitely recommend 👏👏👏👏” @Thecreativeapes

👏🎉 Book to poster drawings shown above are by @amymuddle, @typographHer, @minarama, @jenna_b_design, @nicewriting, @thecreativeapes, @Jenna_b_design and @mycolourfullife.online (left to right, top to bottom) 👏🎉

Find out more about the Typography Life Drawing series here, or contact me here to discuss private sessions for your group or organisation.

Typography Life Drawing launches next week

Ideal for designers, students & anybody curious about letterforms.

I’m excited to be starting a brand new series of online sessions next week. These are based on the hugely popular activities from the workshops I’ve been running since 2013.

Tickets for the soft launch next week are at the special price of £5.
Find out more & book here

Each weekly ticket gives you:
• 3 half-hour drawing sessions broadcast live each week at 10am–10.30am (London) on Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
• Access to the recordings for the week.

With access to the recordings, you can choose the time that suits you best that week, wherever you are in the world. Recordings will be deleted at the end of each week.

Get creative learning about typefaces with quick and fun sketching exercises. Listen to their backstories and discover the amazing history behind the styles.

Discover the shapes that make each type style unique as you sketch them. You’ll develop your own drawing style and enjoy the creative process without the pressure of creating a perfect or finished piece of work. Whatever your level, from beginner to expert, this ongoing course will supercharge your love of letterforms.

Find out more & book here

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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Font Selfie Workshop at the V&A for the London Design Festival

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

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Font of Coincidence from London to Mumbai

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Font of Coincidence
This is a story of my trip to teach in India. While I was there I met up with family of friends and discovered, to my surprise, that my book cover had been redesigned by a whole class of students for their typography exam that week.

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It’s Nice That Review of the Year

It's Nice That Review of the Year

Goodbye 2016, hello 2017

It’s been quite a year. Thank you to all of you who have been a part of Type Tasting and joined in so enthusiastically. I’ve enjoyed meeting you, and I’m looking forward to the new events planned for next year. Instead of writing a summary of the year I would like to share the interview I recently gave It’s Nice That for their Review of the Year, because the great questions they ask frame the summary perfectly. Below are extracts or you can read the full interview here.

It’s Nice That Review of the Year 2016 
Graphic designer Sarah Hyndman. 

Words by Rebecca Fulleylove.

Our tenth interview for Review of the Year sees us chat to designer Sarah Hyndman about the incredible experiences she’s had this year and the work she continues to do with Type Tasting.

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Programme of Type Tasting events for the London Design Festival

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By Sarah Hyndman

Type Tasting founder Sarah is on a mission to make typography fun and engaging for everybody, not just designers. She specialises in making the complex topic accessible with originality, humour, a dash of theatre and lashings of audience participation. She delivers interactive talks and events with games and demonstrations that inform, entertain and challenge your preconceptions.

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Games, talk and book signing at Tate Modern

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Why Fonts Matter
Games, talk and book signing with Sarah Hyndman

Tate Modern
The Terrace shop
Friday 16th September
6–7pm drop-in games and demonstrations
7–7.45pm talk and book signing

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