Take part in 'Terrific Tuscans' episodes 1 to 3, first broadcast live in August 2020. Learn something new from the author of the bestselling 'Why Fonts Matter' while you draw. Get insider insights into the social history of typography and find out what letterforms reveal about cultural attitudes today.
IMPORTANT Recordings will be available until Sunday 30th August at midnight (BST)
What are Tuscan letters and when did they originate? Find out how the tools used to create them have shaped the different styles. Their origins are in ancient Rome, they were embraced in the decorative Victorian era and have travelled the world—each country putting its own unique spin on them. You can still see them around you today if you take a look around.
Episode 1: From Ancient Rome to the highly ornamental Victorians Episode 2: Wood type in America and surprising mash-ups of styles Episode 3: The British Empire & tuscan letters in India
Would you like to
feel confident and excited about typography? Get creative learning about
typefaces with quick and fun sketching exercises in this new and exciting series. Listen to the
backstories and discover the amazing history behind the styles. Each week can be enjoyed on its own or as part of the whole series.
“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
“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
• Discover the excitement and beauty of typography • Cure “font phobia” • Get creative and messy as you develop your own sketching style • Break out of your typographic comfort zone • Discover how drawing letterforms helps you to understand typography • Feel inspired by the history of typography • Find out why there are so many different type styles • See how typefaces reflect social attitudes and cultural change • Get hands on with some really beautiful letterforms
In each session I’ll introduce the typeface, style or moment in time to be explored. You’ll be set short sketching exercises so you can explore the shapes of the letterforms and learn about their shapes. As you draw, you’ll be told the stories behind the type—the history, how it developed or why the style’s relevant today.
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Typography life drawing is created by Sarah Hyndman
I’m the author of the bestselling book ‘Why Fonts Matter’ and ‘How to Draw Type and Influence People’. I was awarded an MA in Typo/Graphics (distinction) from the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) and have taught workshops for a wide range of organisations from corporates to educational establishments.
Taught the yearlong Experimental Typography CMP course at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) for six years.
Delivered bespoke workshops for D&AD, I’m also a judge for their New Blood and professional awards.
A guest tutor for colleges both in the UK and abroad. These include Birmingham City University, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), Portland State University, RMIT Melbourne, Shillington London, Stevenson University USA, University of the Arts London and VIA University College Denmark.
Creator of mass participation creative events. These have taken place for Design Thinkers Toronto, Pick Me Up at Somerset House, the Victoria and Albert Museum, We Love Graphic Design in Copenhagen and Wellcome.
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.
Typography Life Drawing: 'Terrific Tuscans' - 3 CATCH UP EPISODES