Oct
19
2011

Let’s play a kerning game

Let's play a kerning game

Let's play a kerning game

A couple of days ago, I stumbled upon a simple (read functional) design based game, Kerntype, aimed at programmers. Strange, isn’t it?

This game, is part of a bigger agenda called Method of Action, which is an online course to help programmers learn design. And this is exactly what catches the attention from the word go.

What is the Game about?

The idea of this game is to achieve pleasant and legible (readable) text by distributing space between individual letters. This is also known as Kerning.

According to Wikipedia, in typography, kerning (less commonly mortising) is the process of adjusting the spacing between characters in a proportional font, usually to achieve a visually pleasing result. Kerning is the adjustment of the space between individual letter forms.

Keming - a kerning gone wrong

Keming - a kerning gone wrong

How to play?

You’ll be given a test solution, same as the one displayed below, to play around and understand the game. Furthermore, you’ll be assigned 10 pre-accessed set of words with visually unpleasantly arranged alphabets. Once the alphabets are arranged, you can compare your solution with the typographer’s solution and score accordingly!

Kerntype - a design game for programmers

Kerntype - a design game for programmers

What I really appreciate is the simplicity and the idea behind the game. A very good beginning to introduce design in everyday life. Have you started Kerning yet? All the very best!

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About the Author:

Himanshu Khanna is the founder of Pixelonomics and a senior designer at Sparklin. If you’d like to connect with him, follow him on Twitter: @SparklinGuy

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