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Type Games

Fire and Ice, hand kerned typography

I love typography. It’s one of the things I most like about graphic design. Do you obsess over type shapes? Do you think about how you can kern something better? Have you watched the film Helvetica more than once? Or, maybe you look at newsletters and cringe when you see Comic Sans announcing anything other than a preschool event. If so, then you are a type junky, too.

I confess, I can spend hours (and do sometimes) looking through type foundry portfolios for the perfect font family (or just because it’s so fascinating). So, what is even better than reading through typography blogs? Playing typography games of course!

Two excellent games that will help you master typography are Shape Type which trains your eye on how a particular letter is formed, and Kern Type which trains you to see how the letters interact with one another. Both games are by Mark MacKay and María Munuera. They have some other cool games they have co-authored too, so check their websites out for more fun. Do you have a favorite type game? If so, leave me a comment, I’d love to know what they are.

Kat Lehman