PSA: Gotta keep ’em separated — “Keming” edition

PSA: I would like to impart some valuable knowledge about kerning and keming. Kerning is a typography term used to describe the process of spacing out a font to make it visually pleasing and easy to read.


fig. 1: “keming,” illustrated by me.

When type becomes too narrow, it can be difficult to read and even unintentionally misleading. Sometimes disastrously. This is called “Keming.” The name is damn clever and originated with this guy. See how the ‘r’ and ‘n’ of Kerning might, if crowded, look like “keming”? There you go. Clever.


fig. 2: “keming,” inadvertently illustrated via yimmyyayo.

Do you understand why I am bringing this up?

Keming: Don’t let it happen to you.

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4 Responses to “PSA: Gotta keep ’em separated — “Keming” edition”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    You’re a whimsical genius.

  2. Jed Leyland Says:

    Of course I do you cunning…er…clever genius.

  3. Brian in Wien Says:

    Another font might have helped, too.

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