De kerning

hughfire's picture

I need a suggestion - and it may sound idiotic. What is the best kerning for a De pair? Because of the opposing curves it always feels too far apart when compared with the other letters (the entire word is Delta). I will be using a San-Serif which seems to compound the problem. Any suggestions fro a good sanserif typeface that will work? (Oddly enough I don't like the overall feel of the font Delta). Again I know this is a slightly ignorant question, but I am having a little trouble trusting my instincts on this one.

privateortheris's picture

Got to be visual. Correct character combinations depend on the entire word, font and context.

As for suggesting fonts - further and better particulars required. Haven't looked at Delta, but choosing a font by name is not really going to help you get anywhere. The audience doesn't know or care what the font is called.

eriks's picture

De Kerning?
What sort of slang is that?

dave bailey's picture

He means the kerning between an uppercase _D_ and lower case _e_

Miss Tiffany's picture

I thought the same exact thing. :^/

andreas's picture

De kerning - This will rest in the hall of type jokes.
Sorry Hugh, its too funny.

peterj's picture

so i guess it depends on de stijl...

hrant's picture

Huh? De Kooning had a twin brother who was a type designer?!

Oh, I know: de-kerning is what Emigre does to their fonts before shipping. ;-)


timd's picture

If it has to be uppercase D lowercase e, something condensed (because the verticals are more likely to be straighter than rounder) with a large x-height (so e doesn't tuck under the D) like


hughfire's picture

Ha ha ha - very funny - good suggestion Tim. I may end up going with an all lowercase. I just wanted to know if there were any good suggestions for making those two competing arcs not fight so much visually. As far as choosing a font by its name - I realize that isn't a methodology for choosing a typeface - just commenting on how the D-e pair looks ironically horrible - would think they would have given it a better name to show off the face.

hughfire's picture

Went with an all lower case type on this and a stylized delta symbol. Here is their old logo and their new identity.

Just an update

PS - realize that the logo descriptor is generally legible at the full size on these items They were provided with a second version minus the STAFFING SOLUTIONS line for use at below 1 inch in size.

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