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Learning Design

Recently, I took a course called Fundamentals of Design at Code School. It’s an interesting course, but it’s a bit of a whirlwind — I think they could have a whole design track instead of just one course. (This course is part of their HTML/CSS track, but it isn’t really about coding and feels out of place there.)

The course introduces three main areas of design:

  • Typography
  • Color
  • Layout

By the end of the course, I felt like I had a whole new view of design — I suddenly started seeing rational, informed decisions where before I could only make choices based on intuition. But all I got was a taste. The course introduced these concepts, but it didn’t spend enough time on them to really drill them into my head. I think I have a good eye, but I am far from being experienced when it comes to design!

So here’s where fun design-related games come in, like these 18 Insanely Addictive Font Games to test and improve your typography knowledge.

My favorites are I Shot the Serif (how quickly can you identify serif v. non-serif fonts?), Typewar (how well do you know your fonts?), and Kern Type (how well can you kern, or space the letters?). I also appreciate Type Connection for practice pairing fonts — one of the hardest things for me. And when you need a break, there’s a game for every font lover: Kill Comic Sans

Hat tip to my coworker Andrea for sharing these font games!

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