Games For Designers

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In my youth, I used be somewhat of video game fanatic. My best memories in gaming are sitting in my room with my Sega Genesis with my dad watching me play Sonic or Aladdin (he actually beat Aladdin in one day. I tried last week and still can’t beat it). Gaming has somewhat stayed with me and I love when it becomes an educational tool. Not to sound cliche, but it really does make learning fun.

I came across this great site that has games targeted towards designers and I’d like to highlight some of my favorites.

The Bézier Game
As someone who still struggles with the pen tool from time to time, I find this game to be a great exercise to help understand how manipulating handles affects your curve. Even the circle from the tutorial is a simple reminder how to make such a simple shape. I highly recommend trying this out and testing your pen tool skills.

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Brand Seen
An excellent game that tests your knowledge of colors used in logos. It is actually surprisingly tough. The Starbucks one stumped me, which is a shame considering how much I love getting lattes from there.

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Online Color Challenge
Warning: your eyes will ache after this. You definitely need to take some breaks while playing. This game will have you arrange the strips of color by hue. Very time consuming but interesting to see what your result is.

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Kern Me
An excellent exercise for kerning. I remember the first time I was introduced to kerning in my first Typography class. It absolutely blew my mind. Now I do not view type the same way anymore.

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Type Connection
I vaguely remember this game when it first came out. Really educational in terms of the classification of typefaces. Also helps you to better understand how to properly pair typefaces, a very essential skill.

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Shape Type
Another pen tool game that focuses on mastering bezier curves. Again, great exercise and very challenging. In addition, it can really help you understand the structure of letterforms.

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Click here for a complete list of games from this site.

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