If ever there were a popular question, it’d be that.
With or without a curse word, it’s a question that we’ve gotten asked countless of times – “What is it? Do I need to understand it? How’s it work?”
Kerning is an essential part of finishing a good font. Notice I use the word font, as opposed to typeface; that’s because I’m about to explain what kerning is – in terms of software, and how you use it.
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Not too long ago, we got a really great email.
In response to one of the newsletters about modifying open-source fonts, our new friend David asked us this:
"Can you modify typefaces that don’t have OFL licenses? Also, have any advice on using type in logo designs, if that’s not too much of a stretch?" - David
Definitely not a stretch. Let’s talk shop.
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If you’ve ever bought a font – even a really, really fantastic font – you were no doubt, at one time, confused.
The thing is, most font foundries make it complicated. Or hard. And as designers, we’re used to wearing different hats – Photoshop Tuesday, coding Wednesday, blogging on Thursday – but one most of us aren’t really that great at is taking extra time out from designing to trudge through dense EULA jargon before using one of those fonts. And if you find yourself considering plunking down $30 or $50 or $100 on a new one, you better know what it is you’re planning on using it for – if you pick the wrong license you’re gonna have to bust that wallet out all over again. Most designers – nay, people – I’ve ever met have at least some amount of issue with spending money on stuff they can’t actually use.
But those licenses doesn’t have to be entirely confusing.
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What this font says about you: “I am strong, assertive, and cry without fail whenever I watch Titanic.”
The above message came by way of a very special fortune cookie a few years ago. Sometimes we need to be reminded, & that’s OKAY. As long as we remember. We all create in different ways—whatever that means to you, please don’t stop.
Featuring a bold slab serif typeface aptly titled, chunk (c/o The League of Moveable Type). By the way—if you’ve never heard of these guys before, you should definitely check ‘em out. Their open-source mission and manifesto is inspiring.