Have you ever looked at a sign and thought something about it looked odd? Kerning is the art of spacing characters so that it's visually appealing and easy to read. You'll know bad kerning when you see it.
One of my tasks this week was to blind-fasten custom address numbers onto four doors. They came in an unmarked box with no instructions and no templates. One of my coworkers, who once worked in a printing shop, said I should keep in mind that the numbers were not equal in height (it's an optical illusion). So getting the most aesthetically pleasing result wasn't as simple as sitting the numbers on a level line.
What about the spacing between numbers? I had learned a bit about kerning when I worked in publishing, but the only part I could remember was that if you were to draw a box around each letter and space them equally, they wouldn't look evenly spaced at all. A little bit of reading online revealed that the space between two straight letters should be bigger than the space between two round letters.
Some eyeballing was still necessary in the end. The tallest number in the box was 3. The 4 was the shortest. I made the gap between 1's and 5's about 1/8" (3mm) bigger than the gaps between all other numbers. The gaps that threw me off were the ones between the 5 and the 1 and the 5 and the 3. I went with my gut on those.
When I held up the first number to check that the holes were going to line up, I realized something was wrong. Not only were all the 1's and all the 5's slightly different to each other, the threaded rods were also located in slightly different spots. I should have used the actual numbers going on the actual doors to draw each template instead of using one of each number to draw all the templates in one go. It blew my mind how 1/16" (1.6mm) could make or break the entire look.
Correct kerning is unnoticeable to the untrained eye, so I used that as my benchmark. If nobody said anything, it was a good thing. I didn't get them all perfect, but I'll totally walk past this building one day and appreciate the effort that went into making something unnoticeable.
Join me on Wednesday for the last ACCESS Network Business Lunch for the Year! I will be the guest speaker and will talk about simplifying your business through automation! You do not want to miss this.
As you spend time over the holidays getting organized for 2018 you have to take this process into consideration. We want you to get those things done that will help you in 2018.
Come out and learn how to: -Get More Time back in your business so you have more time for clients and sales.
-Create structure for your business processes
-Let automated information drive sales to your business
-Generate and nurture leads long before a client speaks to you
Make plans to attend the next ACCESS Network Business Lunch
Etta’s Kitchen, 4212 Emancipation (formerly Dowling)
Doors open at 11 AM for networking and the lunch/presentation is from 11:30 AM – 1 PM.
www.myaccessnetwork.com for more information.
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This lady with me is someone very, very important.
The story goes: i was at this wedding last night and this lady approaches me asking where to find bowls for some snack. I was busy with food along with a friend.
I turned towards the voice and found this unassuming figure next to me. I tried figuring out the bowl problem for her. Midway she says ‘aap lekh likhtay hai na, didi?’ Since I was too much into food, I took a while to connect with the sudden reference to work. She continued ‘maine aapki kitaab padi hai’. Now that!
I tried recalling. But I just couldn’t place the lady. So I, very embarrassed, apologised and told her I didn’t recognise her.
She reminded me that two of her colleagues had launched my book way back in 2013. This lady, Rakhi, makes papads at the Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad.
I have attracted a lot of criticism over the years for not getting some celeb to launch my book. Instead I went in for two poor women who made papads for a living. So what that they had slogged singlehandedly through their lives to ensure their children got educated and ended up in good jobs?
I was so flooded with criticism that at one point I did wonder that I had never done anything right in my life. I was told ‘your book would have been successful if you had got a celeb to launch it.’ A little later, last evening, I met Rakhi’s 14 year old son, Prakhar. The first thing he said to me was (verbatim), ‘I’ve read your book a few times. It’s awesome!’ Now I knew how his mother had read my book. He read out and translated the entire book to his mother.
He continued ‘I first read your book when I was just 11. There are so many things I saw my mother and other women in my family go through. But I never knew these ‘normal’ situations, that they were subjected to, were rude and not justified. I have tried changing these things as much as possible in my capacity. In fact, I talk about respecting women with my friends also.’ #womenempowerment#womenatwork#womenpower#womenentrepreneurs#womeninbusiness#womenwholift#change#changemakers#wonderwomen#thepetticoatjournal
My question to you this Tuesday morning is,"What are you waiting on?" Are you waiting for the New Year? Are waiting for someone to help you? Be honest, what is really hold you back? My honest answer used to be,"ME". I used to think that I was afraid of failure, but I was truly afraid of the success. Success brings this spotlight. I didn't want that spotlight because I am a very private person.
I had to get over myself because others needed me more. They needed me to be open and transparent. They needed me to share my knowledge. They needed me to be the vessel to get them to the desired destination.
GetLaunced! is so much more than my business. It is my lifestyle. My prayer is that no one ever leaves my presence the same. I want them to leave with the desire to take immediate action. To be challenged in their thoughts or having the desire to simply take action.
I was waiting on me! I ask the question again; "WHAT ARE YOU WAITING ON?" #getlaunched
Love this! Why do we feel the need to comment about women's appearance first and foremost? It takes conscious practice not @bumblebeescap
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“Democracy Bar: We work together as a team, organically the bar is a product of us, and I think that’s what makes us so successful”
@cannonesbaja kicks off our week long #ilovemyjob campaign. Stay tuned for a more in depth interview with the newly resident Bar Manager of Federal Galley and find out who else has rave reviews across the city. ——————————————————————— #pittsburghrestaurants#womenatwork#what9to5#serverlife#barlife#babysfirstbar
The song: “Men at work” just doesn’t apply here. The story goes like this. A bridge was needed to be built to cross the creek. The ladies took to a pile of wood nearby. The gents ran off to haul in wood from a good distance away. Upon the gents return, the bridge was built. I’m not putting one gender down, don’t read too much into it all. We know any given day the tables may be turned. But.. just for today, can I get a shout out for the ladies? And can we get some more conscious ladies in politics? In everything???? We do too much stuff in a day to overthink, over engineer, over use resources. Lol 😂 just playfully #gidderdun#womenatwork#kidsatwork#natureschool#earthschool#worldschool#waldorf#hikela#hikepv#palosverdes#junglekids#bridgebuilders#notametaphor#girlpower