Designer Amusement

Amusement—the provision or enjoyment of entertainment.

I’ve got to admit—I love games. And I love games even more when I should be doing more productive things. If you’re like me, you know it’s a complete waste of your time, but still somehow find yourself doing it. Thanks to Creative Market, I was able to find these four fun and satisfying web games that leave a sense of accomplishment. Although these are more for designer amusement, others will find them addicting, too!


Here are a few entertaining games that also help train your brain to recognize different typeface situations.

  1. Kern Type. My teacher told us about this website my freshmen year in college. (This was back when I didn’t even know what kerning was!) Now it’s two years later and I still love to test my kerning skills and train my mind to evaluate slight kerning differences. You have to drag the middle letters of the word to the left or to the right until you think you’ve found the perfect balance. You can also use the left and right arrow keys if dragging is difficult. Once you click compare, you get to see how close you are to what the site suggests as the correct kerning. (In the example you can see I was just slightly off but still managed a score of 100.)Kern Type Stage 1 Kern Type Stage 1 completed
  2. Shape Type. By the same creators as Kern Type, Shape Type has you drag the magenta handles to recreate these iconic font letters. The differences are harder to notice since the correct shaping isn’t highlighted like the previous game. Frankly I’m not very good at this one, so maybe I should try it more often. I love fonts and all, but I’m not so much of a font creator. What about you?Shape Type Stage Two Shape Type Stage 2 Completed



Sometimes I feel like a color guru. If you do, too, then try these games. You may find out you don’t know as much as you thought you did.

  1. Color. This game is nerve-wracking and gets my adrenaline pumping. You have to drag the magnifying circle around until you get the color that matches the center, then you just left click. You’ll either get a different positive or negative response, and then each section is averaged out until you get your final composite score. But it’s timed, and that’s the part that makes my heart beat a little bit faster. There are a total of six sections—hue, saturation, complementary, analogous, triadic, and tetradic. And if these fancy words confuse you, it’s okay—I think you’ll get the gist of them once you play the game.Color Stage 1 Color Full Completed
  2. Kolor. This one is my favorite. You start out with a few swatches of color, and you have to click the one that is the equivalent of the color in the heading area. The faster you do it, the higher amount of points you receive. As you continue through the 20 rounds, there are more choices,which all become more similar. It’s tougher than you initially think, and I like a challenge. My high score is 597. (I know the screenshot says otherwise, but I’m not lying!) What will yours be?Kolor Stage 7 Kolor Stage 17

I hope you enjoyed this article—it’s different than my previous ones. If you want more articles like this one, let me know in the comments section. Can you tell me any websites that you get productive game time on?