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Are you a font nerd?

By Stacey Kole | Mobile, Typography | 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.

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  • Sky Blue

    Would this work for Arabic also for us people here in Ajman in the United Arab Emirates?

  • http://twitter.com/sevenaces Parag

    Definitely.

  • Noodle doodle

    yeah

  • http://twitter.com/john_shaw12 John Shaw

    100%

  • http://www.facebook.com/ebfauvel Emilie B. Fauvel

    Where can I get it ? :P I want it now!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Jennings-Miser/1228142360 Julie Jennings Miser

    Love this idea. I would definetly play!

  • http://johnpgranados.deviantart.com/ Juan Pablo

    There’s actuaclly an iOS game called Font Game: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-font-game/id344065205?mt=8

  • http://www.facebook.com/sophie.barbier Sophie Barbier

    Great idea, i’d love to play!

  • http://twitter.com/espiekermann erik spiekermann

    Neve judge a typeface by caps only. How often are caps used as opposed to lower case? And the real differentiators are not in the caps.
    Looks like it was done by a graphic designer: type as pretty pattern, but not as reading matter.

    • http://dexteradams.me/ Dexter Adams

      I have to wholeheartedly agree…I’m a font nerd to the core and nothing is harder than differentiating a font without seeing both cases, as well as any unique characters like the ampersand and dollar sign which vary vastly among fonts.

  • Juckauri

    cool! WE WANT! :)

  • https://twitter.com/ Rohit Sharma

    very nice and clean app!

  • Erasmos

    Some of you might be interested in a similar iOS app that I’ve made: Font Reflex.

    Note that you can switch between upper and lower case, as well as provide your own sample phrase.

    If you’re interested, you can find the app here:

    http://bit.ly/fontReflexAppDownload