Designing a font is a cumbersome task as each glyph should be drawn. However, finding the right kerning is something that puzzles me.

A font can have thousands of kerning, and there are even more possibilities.

I am curious how a designer finds the right kerning?

Does a designer check thousands of pairs to find the best kerning for each pair? Or is there a trick (general rule) to find the kerning systematically?

  • I dont think the task of drawing glyphs is necceserily super cumbersome. Kerning is a bit annoying though. There are many ways. One can do this, usually you do it so that the bearing solves most cases then you do it by group for example a letters with straight right side "IlJd..." Kern the same way against left sidw round letters eodgcq maybe a so you do one kerning for them. Or you use auto kerning etc.
    – joojaa
    Feb 4 at 20:48
  • @joojaa I read about auto kerning, but it made me wonder: if auto kerning can work, why not doing auto kerning at the program level instead of adjusting the font file?
    – Googlebot
    Feb 5 at 1:07
  • adobes software gives you that option.
    – joojaa
    Feb 5 at 9:30
  • @Googlebot, because the result isn't nearly as good as what a human can achieve.
    – Wolff
    Feb 5 at 10:45
  • Possible duplicate of What are some common kerning pairs?. (Yes, the titular question is somewhat different, but the answers should address your question.) I don’t want to hammer this closed, however, so if you agree, please flag → a duplicate.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Feb 5 at 11:22


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