Are You a Font Nerd?

Stacey Kole By Stacey Kole  |  Apr. 24, 2013

A few weeks ago, we posted a nifty quiz to test your prowess at differentiating between Helvetica and Arial. If that typography challenge succeeded in whetting your whistle for font games, a new app design is ready to take you to the next level of typographic deduction.

Designed by Copenhagen-based designer Andreas Hansen, Font Nerd is currently only a concept of an app, designed to help users gamify their font experience.

Quizzes — in the form of entertaining sentences displayed in different fonts  — prompt players to guess the correct typeface; if you’re stumped, there’s the option to view the whole alphabet. Another fun feature is the built-in Favorites button to help you keep a running list of the fonts that you find most appealing; plus, you’ll have the option to purchase your favorites straight from the app should a particular typeface catch your eye.

According to Hansen, he executed the design during “a couple days off”. While the finished product remains to be seen, both the concept and visual elements are intriguing, amusing, and certainly well done. It just goes to show that sometimes good ideas and strong work can materialize even when we’re not really trying.


What do you think of this design? Would you spend time playing it? Let us know in the comments.