Learning to identify typefaces
I designed and built a typography quiz that helps the eyes focus on the anatomy of a specific typeface.
My role: I was the sole person working on this app.
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Situation & Problem
"Can you tell me what typeface that is?" I've been asked this question a few times over the years.
How do you develop your typeface-identifying ability? There are apps that display some text, styled in a particular typeface, and ask you to identify the typeface. I'm looking for something that forces me to focus on the anatomy of the type.
I decided to create a quiz that highlighted and explained the defining characteristics of the typeface in question.
The "Question" view
This screen seems to be 90% epicenter - the giant word with the 'highlighting' of the typeface anatomy. I explored a few options before landing on the dashed circles and lines.
The "Final Score" view
Quiz takers enter through the home page, go through a series of question screens, and end on the final score page. What would I expect to see after I answered the last question?
For me, it was the following:
- my score
- my answers
- the correct answers
- some explanation for each answer
- my options for where to go next
- some indication of how awesome I am (or not)
- I don't want to travel to other pages to satisfy these points
- how I did compared to other quiz takers
I made the decision to focus on the early steps in the interface design process and reserve styling for later. I've tried the opposite approach - focusing on things like color, typography, etc. and trying to make things look great from the start - but that always delayed project completion and left important problems unsolved. I think this helped me focus on the purpose of the project.