A free, Web-based game puts your typographic skills to the test. “KernType,” challenges players with kerning text—fixing letter spacing in different fonts by moving letters left and right to “achieve pleasant and readable text by distributing the space between letters,” according to the game website.
After you move each letter and submit your placement, it overlays your text with the ideal position—which is highlighted in blue—then gives you a score from 0 to 100. There are 10 levels, each a different word and font, after which you’re given an overall score.
Kerning is described by Wikipedia as “the process of adjusting the spacing between characters in a proportional font, usually to achieve a visually pleasing result.”
The was released by Method of Action, which is “an online course to help programmers learn design.” The website isn’t fully launched yet, but works with peer-to-peer education. Once it’s out, it will have three courses: internet entrepreneurship, design for programmers, and home gardening.
You can also check out their blog, which has some posts highlighting why the “design for programmer.” It states that KernType “is a game that will help you understand letter spacing and kerning, custom made for Method of Action,” and adds they’ll have an article up in a couple of days to “explain the why’s of kerning.”