Typography is often over looked in the world of video. Lighting design? Always important. Sound design? Check. Scene composition? That's a good thing too. Typography design? Say what? In video? Video editing application are usually rich with text generators, providing all the tools for basic typography. The problem is those tools are sometimes too rich, giving us enough power to easily destroy our text and break from the rules of good design. Typography should be simple, the words on screen should be easy to read. All the bells and whistles that come with text generators end up empowering text with beveled edges, heavy drop shadows, and thick stroked outlines. If only there was a fun way to learn the basics of typography.

A Typography Design Game

If you're a typophile and get excited by good typography design, or you want to increase your knowledge of typography and make your text stand out with professional polish, then you'll most likely appreciate the new mobile app game Type:Rider. Type:Rider explores the typography design by guiding players through different worlds, each world based on a historic design period which was influential to typography. Players control a colon on it's side, like it was two wheels, and navigate over landscapes that are created by different typographic elements. By progressing through the game, players collect power-ups which are portions of a text detailing the history of typography. It's a fun way to learn and gives some basic information that will help video producers with their typography design.

Type:Rider is available for play on both Android and iOS platforms. The cost is $2.99 in the iTunes App Store and $3.64 on Google Play. Making great looking text should be fun and easy to do. Type:Rider provides a fun way to learn about typography and in turn, makes text generation a more enjoyable task.


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Chris Ace Gates
Chris "Ace" Gates is a four time Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. He is a big fan of animation and transmedia storytelling.