Typography Video Game Takes Players Through Various Font Levels
Type:Rider lets people navigate through Times of Comic Sana to learn the story behind each one.
Wannabe type nerds, rejoice: there’s a video game that will teach you the history of the most predominant typefaces. Garamond, Times, Helvetica — and yes, even Comic Sans — are represented in Type:Rider as separate levels. Players explore through their avatar, a colon tipped sideways to resemble wheels on a bike.
Generally, each level is painted with the brush of whatever period in art history the typeface sprang from. Times, for example, takes players on a tour of the Roaring Twenties, whereas in Clarendon’s level, the colon goes for a ride through the American Old West. Other levels in the game include Didot, Helvetica, and Pixel, which incorporates the fonts of computer operating systems.