By Cory Doctorow at 9:58 am Tue, Oct 11, 2011
Kern Type is a competitive kerning game that invites you to nudge type until it's laid out real nice and kentucky.
(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
T h is s o un d s v ery f u n, p rob ably bec au se I’ m s o g o o d a t it!
“Real nice and kentucky”?
I’ve heard that phrase before! I rather like it.
Found this: http://folk.uio.no/alied/TMoL.html
Douglas Adams! Awesome. Truly awesome.
Fitting exactly and satisfyingly. The cardboard box that slides neatly into an exact space in a garage, or the last book which exactly fills a bookshelf, is said to fit ‘real nice and kentucky’.
Cool! I’ve never heard that phrase before. Perhaps because I live pretty close to Kentucky, so it’s not an abstract word around here.
I didn’t get anywhere near 99%.
Borderline OCD? Check.
I was born to play this game. *twitches*
I thought this would be easy but I really didn’t expect to get 100% on most of them. And I’m not even in the graphics field (hmmm, maybe I should be)
I would just like to thank all of the people who have been doing the kerning for me all this time, while I typed away, blissfully unaware. If I had to kern for myself, I’m afraid I would induce headaches.
I have nothing amusing to add. Except, perhaps, that this may well make up for never having been able to find a mug at Disneyland with my name on it.
who names their kid “Bort”??
Kottke is gonna be on this like white on couscous.
I for one approve of this game.
Effortless 100%s. For once, a game I am very, very good at. If any of you knew Mother Adams at Nepean High School in the ’80s, you will know why.
I got better scores when I squinted/blurred the text. Who knew there was such an art to kerning?
So disappointing. I thought this was going to involve slowly bending nude NY co-eds over bar-stools in their breakfast nooks as the late-afternoon sun spills into their apartments, then gently nudging apart their legs to juuuuust the right angle before capturing their images in beautiful black-and-white. But I guess ‘Kerning’ is something different.
Got 79 out of 100. :I
Yes, and let’s hope that none of those protestors brought their smart phones with them. We wouldn’t want them to be frittering away their time when they’re supposed to be, er.. focusing on sitting there!
Actually, I got 89%, so I guess it was the remaining 11% that destroyed me. #OccupyKerning
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