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2016 January 8

Kern Type, the kerning game

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Over winter break I discovered a free on-line game that helps learn typesetting skills:

KERN TYPE a kerning game
To get started drag or use your ← → keysInstructions
Your mission is simple: achieve pleasant and readable text by distributing the space between letters. Typographers call this activity kerning. Your solution will be compared to a typographer’s solution, and you will be given a score depending on how close you nailed it. Good luck!

Source: Kern Type, the kerning game

It is actually rather fun, though sometimes I feel that they have given too much weight to a single typographer’s opinion of the best kerning—they should probably have taken 5 typographer’s kerning solutions for each problem, and scored based on which of the five was closest.  (Kerning solutions are aesthetic choices, and not everyone will have the same taste.)

My other major objection is that they only have 10 kerning problems in the game—they should have hundreds.

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