Currently I am teaching a Graphic Design elective, where we discuss basic design principles and then apply them to real-world projects. Recently we did a unit on typography, and I was thrilled to find a wealth of online games that focus on typography concepts. These games really helped students understand the sometimes dry, confusing typography concepts, so I thought I would share them with you!
KernType is a game that tests students on the concept of kerning, or adjusting the space between letters.
The Font Game asks players to identify individual fonts, and is also available as an app.
RagTime asks players to take badly ragged texts and adjust the line breaks to fix them.
TypeConnection is a typographic dating game, that asks players to match up fonts that work well together.
ShapeType, made by the same people as KernType, is a game that asks players to drag character outlines until they create a perfectly shaped letter. This game is a little more challenging than the others, and requires great attention to detail.
I Shot The Serif is a game where players must identify and “shoot” all of the serif letters and characters that appear on the screen, while avoiding shooting the sans-serif characters. Read more about this game in my recent post.
About this course: Typography is the art of manipulating the visual form of language to enrich and control its meaning. It’s an essential area of skill and knowledge for graphic designers. Typography predates modern graphic design by around 500 years; it is rich in rules, conventions, and esoteric terminology—but it remains an exciting space for invention and expression. In this rigorous introductory course, we will study, name, and measure the characteristics of letterforms. We’ll consider the pragmatic concerns involved in selecting and combining type. We’ll peek into the rich historical, cultural, and aesthetic histories of familiar typefaces. We’ll discuss time-tested conventions and best practices in setting type, as governed by principles of hierarchy and spatial organization. And we’ll explore the expressive, meaning-making potential of type. Informative lectures will be complemented by a series of three peer-assessed assignments, culminating in an opportunity to design a full-scale typographic poster. Please note that this is not a software course; a basic working knowledge of Adobe InDesign or other page layout software will be assumed. You will need access to a computer and page layout software, such as InDesign, to complete the assignments.