The Kern Game: See if you still got it

When you’re ready for a little break in your busy monday, head on over to the Kern Game to see how good you are at kerning type. It’s a maddening and addictive little game. Oh, and all kinds of fun. I was all ready to brag when I got two 100s right in a row, but then I ended up with a dismal 79 as a final score. But 79 out of 100 for a writer, that’s not so bad right? Right? Yeah, you can bet your bottom dollar that I’m going back to top that as soon as I finish this sentence.

Try Helvetica

I’m a big fan of themed Tumblr blogs filled with big pictures. I’m also a fan of Helvetica. And yet somehow the pictures on Try Helvetica seem kind of cold. While the transformation of the hand-lettered signs into something actually legible is amazing, the flavor and personality of the orignal signs is missed. What do you think? Also, with the bird next to that text on the bottom of the building, doesn’t it look like a latest tweet? Now that, would be awesome.

7-minute PBS documentary on typography

Ever wondered what those Hoffler & Frere-Jones dudes looked and sounded like? Well, you’ll get the answer to all that and more by watching this sweet, short typography documentary that’s part of PBS’ Off the Book series. This is a must-watch for typography nerds and the people who love them.

Check out more typography nerdiness over on The Atlantic.

Poster of Fortune

Twenty fortune cookie fortunes are sent to 20 internationally renowned designers to create a poster. The results are pretty awesome, and it’s all for a good cause. The posters are auctioned off with the proceeds donated to they Type Directors Club Scholarship Fund for students of typographic excellence. So cool. This is one of my favorites.

Conan O’Brien kinetic typography

As you might recall a few of the nerds are quite the Conan O’Brien fans. Some us are also huge fans of typography. So you can see why we thing this kinetic typography video of Conan’s farewell speech to NBC is really some kind of wonderful.

MoMA acquires 23 digital typefaces for its collection

Font makers, designers, and type nerds will all tell you a well-designed typeface is a work for art. It seems the Museum of Modern Art agrees. The Museum has recently acquired 23 digital typefaces for it’s Architecture and Design Collection. The fonts ranges from bitmap-y Oakland (designed on the first Apple Macintosh) to good o’l Verdana (which was created specifically to be read on a screen), and even includes Walker, designed exclusively for Minnesota’s own Walker Art Gallery.

Wondering how a museum acquires a typeface for its collection? Well Jason Kottke has the answer. Spoiler alert: It involves a lot of legal license wrangling and talk about how to keep a digital work in perpetuity:

“Digital artworks are prone to different kinds of damage than physical ones, but obsolescence is no less damaging to a typeface than earthquakes and floods to a painting.”

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