Graphic Design Exercises
Type Basics: Kerning
To understand the importance of kerning and develop an eye that can properly space letters.
Kerning is the adjustment of space between pairs of letters to create a visually even texture and improve readability. Good quality fonts should have good kerning by default. However, ss type gets bigger the spacing between letters becomes more obvious and even a well-designed font may need to be optically adjusted to acheive visually pleasing spacing between letters.
Proper attention to kerning gives designs their "finished" look. It is a key element that separates mediocre designs from good ones.
- launch Firefox, go to http://type.method.ac
- to get started, click the letter "e" and drag using your mouse or the left/right arrows
- kern the sample word and click "compare" to see how you did
- continue kerning each of the 10 sample words
- to receive a passing grade on this exercise you must reach a score of 85 or above. Keep repeating the exercise until you reach the necessary score.
- when you have reached a score of 85 or above, take a screenshot of your result by pressing Command + Shift + 3 at the same time. This will save an image of your screen to your desktop.
- double-click the screenshot to open it in the "Preview" application
- file > print
- submit b&w laser proofs with your name on it for grading
- file > rename. Rename the image "kerning exercise"
- save the screenshot to netshare or your flash drive
- file graded proof in your 3-ring binder for individual review