16 Nov
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I Shot the Serif – Type nerd gaming alert

Let’s face it: typography is a little bit of an acquired taste (but a good one). It’s full of obscure specialist terms. Designers can argue forever about what seems to others like a minor detail. But there is also a more playful side to it. If you believe or not, there are actually quite a few typography games out there – as apps or on the web. Many have an educational bent to do, so they are perfect for me, the apprentice. Here are three good ones.

(WARNING for younger readers: if you extensively recount adventures in typography games to your peers, you might find yourself inside a locker rather quickly.)


Kerning is the spacing between the letters. The key word here is harmony – it has to be easy on the eye. This game let’s you do your own kerning and shows you how it is done. I don’t want to brag, but I good 92 out of 100 on the first try.

kerntype header

Shape Type

This one is a little bit harder. See if you can get proper letter shapes. It shows you how hard this whole thing is.

Shape Type

I Shot the Serif

Somebody had to do it, and somebody did it: utilizing the most obvious typography pun, this game lets you shoot serif letters for points. It’s kind of fun.


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