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KERN [iPhone]



Designed by Jason Franzen and Adrian Johnson , KERN is a game for the type lovers and graphic designers alike. Inspired by the notion of Kerning (a process of adjusting letter spacing in a proportionalfont – wikipedia) KERN brings together the ever so loved Helvetica font in the form of a game of spaces. The task is to precisely place a missing letter into a falling word while avoiding any unnecessary ligatures. The more you play the better you get. So, do you know your Helvetica as well as you think?

A random type-centric word with a missing letter appears at a variable point size.  As the leading begins to shrink, you navigate the missing letter to the proper space and release it’s handle to lock it in place.  The placement accuracy is measured and your score is calculated based on the size of the type, the leading height, and the perfection of placement—all measured in points.  If you miss by too much and form an unnecessary ligature, one of your five ligature tokens will be lost.  Lose all five ligatures and your game is finished.  How many points will you Kern?

We are really enjoying it and love the idea. A wonderful game for a wonderful platform. Considering also that iPhone is loved device amongst graphic designers, it can’t be more appropriate.

For the love of type, download it, have a play and share the score. Mine is 322.32 points and 43 words but I am sure I can do much better. Will update in a week or so.


Platform: iPhone
Version: 1.0
Cost: $0.99
Developer: FORMation