Arial vs Helvetica at #fowd

We’re down at Future of Web Design today blogging, sketchnoting and showing people Windows 8 on the Ubelly stand. Carsonified have yet again done a brilliant job at bringing in some of the best speakers in the industry to talk about app and web design, including Brendan Dawes, Bill Buxton, Remy Sharp and Jon Tan.

To celebrate FOWD, we’ve had a cool little Kinect hack built by nUbelly-er Syd Lawrence especially for the design crowd. Syd’s created an HTML Helvetica or Arial quiz, using Kinect as the pointer and running in IE10. It’s a cool little experiment in what you can do connecting Kinect and web technologies, and shows some of the possibilities of Windows 8 and IE10.

More importantly, it’s a cheeky way of testing designers on something that a lot of people are a little bit passionate about. So far we’ve had only a handful get above 8/10, and so far I’ve only seen the formidable Jon Tan get a perfect score (well, he did cofound FontDeck…).

If you’re down at FOWD, why not come down and give it a go. While you’re there, quiz Syd on how he built it, and have a chat to Martin or Andrew about the other cool stuff you can do with HTML & JS, and Windows 8 & IE10. If you aren’t down here, Syd will be doing a writeup of how he built the app, and we’ll have a slightly updated version for Reasons to be Appy later in the month!

Published by Luke

Luke is one of Ubelly’s resident social media guys, occasionally switching hats for a bit of design. He is the in-house meme expert, uses foursquare a little too much and gets hot under the collar when it comes to design, usability and gorgeous code.

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