Sarah Hyndman is a graphic designer, writer and public speaker known for her interest in the psychology of type and whose main area of expertise is multi-sensory typography. Her mission is to change the way we think and talk about typography by making it exciting for all. She researches how typefaces narrate our everyday experiences and document our cultural tastes, and is exploring how type can be used to create positive change.
Sarah has written three books, is currently working on her fourth, and her first game will be published on Valentine’s Day 2019. She is published by Penguin/Random House and Laurence King.
Sarah also creates content for social media and writes articles for magazines and publications, get in touch to commission a written piece.
“Walked into Waterstones earlier for a nose around and ended up buying Sarah Hyndman’s ‘Why Fonts Matter’. I’m up at 6am and can’t put the bloody thing down. One of the best books I’ve read in ages.” Andrew Hoare (Twitter)
Client ice-breakers & facilitation
Your time is precious and it’s important to make the most of a planning or creative session by ensuring that client and team members are engaged, open-minded and tuned-in. Sarah Hyndman creates ice-breaker and facilitation sessions with participatory activities and experiments designed to demonstrate the psychology of visual communication. Sessions are thought-provoking, can gather useful qualitative information for a project, and they set the scene for a productive conversation that goes beyond the preconceptions.
Sarah is a regular public speaker and an engaging guest on radio and TV. She specialises in making the complex topic fun for design and non-design audiences with originality, humour, a dash of theatre and lashings of audience participation. Audiences are often invited to participate in pre-talk experiments and games so they become a part of the discovery process.
“Sarah is a fantastic speaker–she engages audiences with a brilliant mix of warmth, good humour and real insight into her subject matter–in which she is expert. She quickly warmed up a noisy crowd and had them eating out of her hand.” Luke Tonge, Glug curator
Sarah researches the perception of typography through all the senses. From live proof-of-idea experiments designed to entertain, to a series of books she would like to publish with over five years of her research results. Her work has been featured by AIGA, CNN, Creative Review, Dazed, Eye, FT, It's Nice That, New York Times, The Times and Wired.
“Fascinating insight into how type can influence our feelings, our senses, and even our taste,” Professor Charles Spence, University of Oxford
In 2013 Sarah Hyndman created the innovative Type Tasting studio as a forum for her research and workshops. Would you like to discover how typefaces make a first impression and they communicate your unique story? It’s not about kerning, it’s the impression they make on the subconscious. Take part and you’ll never look at fonts in the same way again.
Photos by Juliana Johnston (author photo), David Owens (idea facilitation), Viv Cherry (3D glasses) and Johnathan Cherry (Glug).