Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Kern you do better?

I just saw this plaque - obviously not in this orientation - in the Passage House Inn, Topsham. Trad though it is, it slightly offended my aesthetics by the poor kerning at the end of "Torrington", particularly the gap between the G and T.

It reminded me of a site I saw on MetaFilter recently: check out Kern Type, a rather interesting online game that tests your ability at kerning (i.e. the ability to place letters in a word in a typographically aesthetic manner).

It has a very much more difficult companion game, Shape Type, involving manipulating Bezier curves to create the best curve in a typeface.

- Ray

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