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Kerntype

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Kerntype is a online game showing you the importance of proper letter spacing. Your mission is simple: achieve pleasant and readable text by distributing the space between letters. Typographers call this activity kerning. Your solution will be compared to a typographer’s solution, and you will be given a score depending on how close you nailed it.

(via Chris)

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mintype
2911 days ago
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Typography game. Nice
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The Hidden Costs of Free Apps

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Great piece by Ellis Hamburger for The Verge comparing the consumer-paid costs of using free apps to that of paid:

Free apps are dangerous, yet free is the dominant business model most mobile apps are taking these days. The roadmap is simple: grow as quickly as possible, then insert ads of some kind or get acquired. For consumers it offers a crummy set of choices: either losing the countless hours you put into the app or have your private data sold to marketers — since as well all know, when the product is free, you are the product

I am a big advocate of paying for the apps, services, art, and content streams I get value from — as are most of you, I presume. You’re probably familiar with Kevin Kelly’s famous article on 1,000 true fans. In short, the hypothesis is that if an artist can gain 1,000 true fans who will support his or her work, then that artist can keep on making art for their fans — everybody wins:

One thousand is a feasible number. You could count to 1,000. If you added one fan a day, it would take only three years. True Fanship is doable. Pleasing a True Fan is pleasurable, and invigorating. It rewards the artist to remain true, to focus on the unique aspects of their work, the qualities that True Fans appreciate.

As an artist myself, I believe this is a reachable and sustainable goal. And as a fan of other people’s work, I do what I can to rally behind a few folks whom I get great value and enjoyment from the work and art they produce and become one of their “true fans” by throwing my financial and vocal support behind them so they can keep on being awesome.

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mintype
2913 days ago
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Is free really free?
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How Keys Work Explained In One Perfect Animated GIF

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Ever wondered how a key opens a lock? Wonder no more. If this is not one of the best animated GIFs I've ever seen, I don't know what is. First, because it taught me something new. And then, because it's so satisfying to see it work. Aaaaaah. Oh yes. [soupThanks Karl!] More »


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mintype
2913 days ago
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Ever wonder how a key system works?
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2915 days ago
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copyninja
2909 days ago
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Nice one
India
pastorwalters
2914 days ago
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Very cool!
Two Rivers, WI
adamgurri
2915 days ago
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This is brilliant.

Older technology is so much more elegant.
New York, NY
Door
2914 days ago
I knew this because of dumb Nancy Drew games, ADAM.
adamgurri
2914 days ago
lol
gazuga
2914 days ago
ADAM.
grammargirl
2915 days ago
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Whoa.
Brooklyn, NY
Courtney
2915 days ago
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hypnotizing
Portland, OR
2914 days ago
whoa
ryanbrazell
2915 days ago
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Quite possibly the best animated GIF I have ever seen.
Richmond, VA
gazuga
2915 days ago
A recent link dive into the mechanics and history of keys didn't help me grok what they actually do. Nows I gets it.
DMack
2915 days ago
The BEST, ryanbrazell? The water-skiing squirrel is rolling over in his grave
gabrielgeraldo
2915 days ago
how can this work from the other side of the lock?