Virtual London Type Safari Route 2: Crafted by hand
The influence of sign writers, secrets & DIY
Discover London’s secrets. This is the second of two different virtual tours that explore the stunning signs and intriguing social history of Dalston, a vibrant area in East London.
Discover that signs are the voices of the high street; from DIY lettering, secret in-the-know symbols, to the craft of the sign writer. This is part of a two-part series of virtual tours exploring Dalston, a vibrant area in East London.
Signs featured in route 2 include the Rio cinema, Dalston Superstore, Moustache Bar and Ruby’s.
😀“That was really cool. thank you. I woke up at 1.30am to watch” Vicki
😀“Such an amazing tour, thank you!” Montse
😀“That was so much fun” Christine
😀“Thank you for the virtual type tour of Dalston! I never noticed the beautiful signs and pieces of history when I was there before.” Radina
A Type Safari with a sketchbook challenge is available for colleges and universities, contact Sarah for details.
About Sarah's Type Safaris Type Safaris are suitable for all. No prior knowledge (or interest in) fonts is needed. They are delivered live via Zoom so you can join in and ask questions.
• 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
Routes 1 and 2 follow on from each other and can also be enjoyed as separate, stand-alone events.
Hello, I'm Sarah. I'm the author of a number of books including 'Why Fonts Matter' and 'How to Draw Type and Influence People'. I'm a TEDx speaker, a regular guest on BBC Radio 4 and I sometimes appear on TV on shows like Channel 4's Sunday Brunch.
I make typography exciting for everybody, not just experts. Have you ever wondered whether you judge a shop or pub by its sign? Or why you judge a product by its packaging? Over the last seven years, I've welcomed thousands of people to my events and workshops. Now I'm excited that I can bring these experiences directly to you wherever you are in the world.
Sarah Hyndman is the author of ‘Why Fonts Matter’. She is a TEDx speaker, a regular on radio (BBC Radio 4’s 'Word of Mouth' with Michael Rosen, 'Saturday Live', 'Today'.) and TV (Channel 4's 'Sunday Brunch'). Sarah is a multisensory typography expert and collaborates on studies with Professor Charles Spence of the University of Oxford.
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