My Secret Party Trick
You know how some people have perfect pitch and can replicate or name a note without a reference tone? I can’t really do that. But what I have is perfect kern.
I can visually space letters without the use of a grid or any type of guiding line. I can take this skill a step further and boast that I can look at any poster and tell you whether or not the letters in the title are properly tracked AND whether the words are perfectly spaced and aligned with other visual cues. All without a grid.
The best way I can describe it is that it feels like when you try to take a deep breath. Sometimes you try to take a deep breath and the air doesn’t really fill your lungs. And sometimes you take a deep breath and it feels as if your lungs have fully inflated. That is how I feel when I look at type: I either get that stunted breath feeling or I get the fully inflated feeling, and it has been this way since I was little. (I get the similar feeling when looking at and matching colours.)
I think most people, if they take a lot of time, can properly kern two letters. I guess my point is that I can quickly kern. I can do it without using up a lot of time. It is something I am proud of because it allows me to be my lazy self and not actually take out tools and the like.
Method created a game to test your ability to kern, and I played it, receiving 100% on each one after sparing each level only a few seconds. Josh tried and he got about 80% accuracy. So I needed to know… had my perfect kern rubbed off on the kids? Or were they destined to be like their dad, placing their letter with improper spacing?
They each took the test and scored 100% on the first try.
I’m sad for Josh that his letter placement is destined to be aesthetically unpleasing, but thrilled that the twins and I can chortle to ourselves as we do unpaid design work.
How did you score on Method’s kerning test?
Why look at this… it’s a small post. It would be perfect for tomorrow’s #MicroblogMonday if I didn’t already have something else I wanted to write about. Do you have your #MicroblogMonday post ready to go?