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25Oct2016

The importance of kerning

Design

 

Kerning is the adjustment of the space between individual letter forms in a piece of typography to be printed or published online.

In everyday life, most people take kerning for granted as a computer attempts to set this correctly for us. However, with my design background, I have a passionate and fastidious design eye for detail and think it's a cardinal sin to not check and manually revise the kerning, especially when developing brand logos and straplines.

First, I've adjusted the Storm logo below to demonstrate standard kerning versus a revised version. I hope this demonstrates the fine tweaking that us creative types go through in order to deliver well balanced perfection.

 

 

 

Secondly I've found a few controversial examples of how bad kerning can impact your brand and get you publicity for the wrong reasons:

 

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As you can see, it's important to get this right!

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