Learning About Kerning

I haven’t studied Typography as much as I should’ve. During my searches into Typography I have found some resources that move you in the right direction. One of these resources is a little game that helps you understand Kerning.

For those of you that don’t know what Kerning is, which is probably most of you unless you’ve studied graphic design at all, I’ll put the definition of Kerning below.

Kerning – the spacing between letters or characters in a piece of text to be printed.


Now, the definition talks about spacing of letters or characters in print but this practice transcends print. Its also very much practiced in digital mediums as well. Currently, my best understanding of Kerning is that you are playing with the space between the letter and/or characters to make the spacing look “correct”.

Sadly, I don’t have much input on what “correct” looks like. As I’ve stated, I’ve not dived into this topic much. I do, however, have a resource to start training your eye to better understand how letters and characters should be spaced.

Before I share this little game I want to point out something. The game gives you a word in which you adjust the spacing of the letters, then shows you the solution, and a score showing how well you’ve done. This is great training and practice. But it doesn’t explain why these changes are made and how to better correct the spacing. This is something you’ll have to investigate yourself.

Kern Type, the kerning game