Type Tasting x London Design Festival present:

Disrupters, Heretics, Propaganda, Sedition, Fake News and Revolutions: The Dystopian History of Type

AIGA Eye on Design’s #1 pick for the London Design Festival 2018

“So unexpected but in all the right ways!”, “Brilliant evening”, “Sublime and crazy tall tales from the past”, “Wonderful evening”, “A roaring success”.

* Two nights only *
Hosted by Sarah Hyndman and Grant Hedley
7.00pm to 9.30pm
Laithwaite’s Arch, Borough Market
Weds 19th & Tues 25th September

Think the history of type is dull? Would you like to discover how exciting it really is, and never look at type in the same way again?

Join us and find yourself immersed in a disrupted version of a traditional wine tasting, crammed with storytelling and discovery, as you journey through the dystopian history of type. Games and activities will challenge your assumptions and tease your senses, all delivered with a dash of theatre. The experience is enriched with a sequence of superb wines, each of which has been chosen to amplify a key moment in the narrative like the dramatic soundtrack in a movie.

Find out how the tumultuous, sometimes dark and dystopian, history of printing has shaped the language we use and the world we live in today.

Expect the unexpected.


Meet the innovators who changed everything by giving the everyman a voice, and empowering him/her to challenge the status quo. Will you find yourself on the side of the heretics? Be prepared for the consequences.

Explore the ancient origins of the covert messages hidden in plain sight, which alter the meanings of the very words you read and are still influencing you today.

Find yourself in the Old World; plunged into divisive name-calling, fake news, propaganda and be prepared for the explosive repercussions.

Sell sell sell
Discover how the fantastical names used as advertising tools in a New World of ideas and industrialisation give you clues to the themes of the Victorian zeitgeist.

One wine served three ways. Indulge in a personalised tasting experience with sound, smell, type and touch.


Your hosts for the evening are Sarah Hyndman and brilliant wine expert Grant Hedley. Join us at Laithwaite’s Arch, a stunning and atmospheric venue in the Victorian railway arches next to Borough Market, which provides the perfect backdrop to your journey back in time.

No prior knowledge of (or interest in) type or design is necessary (over 18s only).

Private and corporate bookings
This can be booked for a private event, either with or without wine. It is an interactive and experiential journey through the history of printing, as you discover how many of the themes from history are still so relevant today. Get in touch.

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What people said about Wine & Type Tasting at LDF 2016

“Frankly brilliant idea of combining a type workshop with a wine tasting” It’s Nice That

“I learnt so much while having fun and enjoying delicious wines” A Glimpse of London

“More than an excuse for weeknight drinking, wine was a clever example of the influence of typeface … don’t worry; you don’t need to be a typography nerd” Digital Arts

Event photos by David Owens, from the Wine & Type Tasting at the London Design Festival 2016.