Thursday, November 6th, 2014
Text by Jessica Barrett Sattell
What student at the Royal College of Art, London designed the Rolling Stones’ famous tongue logo in 1970? Who founded Penguin Books in 1935? Which two people developed the Helvetica typeface? If you know the answers to any of these questions (or are dying to find out), turn to the DESIGNerd 100+ trivia app.
Developed by Australia-based designer and publisher Kevin Finn for diehard fans of typography, packaging, publishing, branding, and graphics, the first-of-its-kind trivia game series features a collection of timed multiple-choice questions interspersed with factoids ranging from typeface development to Pantone color names. The simple, cheerful interface makes for a fun—and, be forewarned, highly addictive—way to learn graphic design history.
Finn took on the first of three volumes while design powerhouses Steven Heller, Lita Talarico, and Stefan Sagmeister authored the remaining questions. The game engages enthusiasts while also sharing what information respected de- signers think is relevant to a well-rounded understanding of the craft’s history.
The app, which is currently available for the iPhone with plans to launch on Android soon, features two editions: the 100+ Free edition containing Finn’s volume and the 100+ Series, which houses all three volumes. Get ready to pro- claim your design nerdery with a tap of your screen.