600 years of typography in 23 cards

Yevgen Sadko
4 min readJul 26, 2017

Managing a font rental web-service, I often deal with creating various font collections. Usually I create them based on demand analysis, but sometimes users ask for a font set of a certain size for a certain purpose. Having created several collections on demand, I consider this process as quite an interesting experience.

One of the most exciting and difficult collections I’ve created was a font set for “Memory game” by Macosh Design. It is an educational board game for all ages, where players are supposed to turn cards with different pictures over, in order to find duplicates.

The collection for “Memory FONT” must have met a bunch of requirements:

  • All the 23 fonts must have obvious differences that are noticeable not only for designers, but even for children.
  • In order to increase the educability, it is necessary to present all the main artistic styles of the European civilization.
  • Fonts should evoke the most vivid associations and have different kinds of mood, age, gender, national coloring.
  • The collection should contain new fonts as well as old well-known fonts, for example Futura.
  • As a co-publisher of this board game, I could have only use Rentafont fonts with Cyrillic and Latin support that are available for rent. And use the works of as many foundries as possible.

Naturally, I couldn’t keep that many features in my head. For this reason, I created a table of 23 cells and began to fill it with the most important features of the fonts, making sure that each feature was represented as good as possible, without any kind of preponderating.

When all the features were set, I used the Rentafont search to find fonts for each line. For example, Orchidea Pro Medium (highlighted font) was found by this query. I was saving the fonts one by one to a new Project in my Rentafont account, and then I rented them so that I could use them in the layout of the game.

Thus, on 23 cards there were collected the fonts, simultaneously representing about 100 different features: old-style and modern serifs, humanist and geometric sans serifs, upright and italic variants, thin and bold weights. Also there are calligraphic, drawn, modular fonts of different moods and styles: American, German, French, Ukrainian, as well as ancient, classical, modern, futuristic, female and male, childish and mature, etc.

That’s how the “Memory FONT” board game looks in action:

Typefaces used in the cards:

  1. TT Marks by TypeType (32 font styles)
  2. La Mona Kids by RodrigoTypo (5 font styles)
  3. Pilar by CSTM-Fonts (1 font styles)
  4. Karolla by ParaType (2 font styles)
  5. Carol Gothic by ParaType (1 font styles)
  6. DR Agu Script by Dmytro Rastvortsev (9 font styles)
  7. Bodoni by ParaType (7 font styles)
  8. Lolapeluza by RodrigoTypo (4 font styles)
  9. Mania by ParaType (4 font styles)
  10. TT Cottons by TypeType (14 font styles)
  11. Lazurski by ParaType (4 font styles)
  12. Futura PT by ParaType (22 font styles)
  13. Kolyada by Kyrylo Tkachov (6 font styles)
  14. Liberteen by ParaType (6 font styles)
  15. TT Moons by TypeType (10 font styles)
  16. Orchidea Pro by Mint Type (16 font styles)
  17. Pragmatica by ParaType (44 font styles)
  18. Ola Script 4F by 4th february type foundry (2 font styles)
  19. Amore by ParaType (1 font styles)
  20. Blagovest 2 by ParaType (1 font styles)
  21. Geomanticus by 2d Studio (4 font styles)
  22. Aphrosine by ParaType (3 font styles)
  23. Genplan Pro by Thunder Type (9 font styles)

“Memory FONT” is a DIY free board game! Download it, print on your printer and fold like origami without glue as shown in this video.

Download “Memory Print&Play” here.

Rent and Buy fonts here.

Yevgen Sadko

I have a dream that one day, font designers will be able to join hands with font users as sisters and brothers.