Kern For Fun On Your Phone

It’s been a while since we’ve trawled the iPhone app store, but trawl it we have and found, among other things, this graphic designer-aimed game, KERN. The idea of the game is to accurately position the missing letter from a varyingly sized, type-oriented word as it falls down the screen. A kind of Tetris for typophiles…

It’s been a while since we’ve trawled the iPhone app store, but trawl it we have and found, among other things, this graphic designer-aimed game, KERN. The idea of the game is to accurately position the missing letter from a varyingly sized, type-oriented word as it falls down the screen. A kind of Tetris for typophiles…

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Footage of us having a go. Mmm… need some more practice!

Here are some more professional looking screengrabs:

Whilst the gameplay of KERN doesn’t stand up against that of other iPhone games such as the excellent Rolando, it is nevertheless encouraging to see playful apps made by graphic designers for graphic designers. KERN is, in fact, one of a series of design-oriented games available as iPhone apps by US design studio FORMation. And the more astute will notice, it’s designed on a grid using a clean an minimal combination of Helvetica Bold and Caslon only. But of course…

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