Typography Tuesday: Get Hooked on Interactive Online Games “Kern Type” and “Shape Type”

Think it’s easy to design a typeface? Think again.

It takes painstaking precision and attention to detail to develop the letters we see in our everyday life, as demonstrated by two new interactive online typography games, Kern Type and Shape Type.

Test your typography design skills to earn high scores on Kern Type, where you adjust the kerning, (or space between letters) to create a perfectly balanced word, and Shape Type where you define the curves and lines of pre-existing letters without the help of grids or guides.

Both sites were developed by Mark MacKay for Method of Action, and get our nod of approval for crediting each typeface with its name, designer and source from which it came.

Typography fans… be forewarned that these sites may prove to be slightly addicting. And not to show off or anything, but that 100% score is our Kern Type accomplishment. (Although Shape Type has proven to be shamefully challenging so I guess we can’t brag too much.)



Kern Type interactive online typography game

Kern Type interactive online typography game

Kern Type interactive online typography game


Shape Type interactive online typography game

Shape Type online interactive typography game

Shape Type online interactive typography game

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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