Kerning Avenir LT

jacobsievers's picture

I don't do display work very often so I'm a bit paranoid re: the kerning on this. It's set in Avenir (LT) at 97pt. I'm thinking the "ep" is too loose and the "ti" is too tight - or am I crazy?

Bert Vanderveen's picture

For signage loosening up the whole thing would improve legibility, and also make it easier to adjust those tough combinations. Just my opinion…

hrant's picture

The overall looseness depends at what size/distance this needs to work.

Assuming this is fine in those terms, to me moving the "t" left a hair is all it needs.

hhp

sevag's picture

Jacob, I think ‘ti’ pair is looking ok. ‘ec’ and ‘ep’ pairs look too close. Also, are you doing this to save space or you don't like the original kerning?

jacobsievers's picture

Hrant - Thanks for giving me the benefit of the doubt, but I think the loosening Bert suggested will help legibility in this instance; and reverting to the original metrics accomplished just that. But, to my strictly "graphic designer's" eye, the "Re" seems just a hair too loose, and the rhythm seems to break at the "io." Should I loosen the "ti" in this case? Or is there a better solution?

hrant's picture

You should probably tighten the "Re" slightly, but the "t" still needs to be nudged left. In fact I just looked at the string "ntnoto" in MyFonts, and it seems that in all the cuts of Avenir the "t" sits too far to the right.

hhp

jacobsievers's picture

Agreed. Thank you.

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