Title text: I have never been as self-conscious about my handwriting as when I was inking in the caption for this comic.
In typography, kerning refers to the spacing between consecutive letters, or the process of adjusting said spacing. As you can see in the comic, the kerning in the sign is badly done: the spacings between C and I and between C and E are inconsistent.
The comic explains that once a person learns what good kerning is, he or she will get irritated by shoddy kerning in the future. Unfortunately, the comic itself has also taught us to be annoyed. Thanks, Randall.
- [Some IDIOT used a font with TERRIBLE kerning on the side of a building for a sign labeled "CITY OFFICES". Only, you aren't even sure because of this terrible kerning, as the "C" and the "I" in "CITY" have waaay too strong kerning. And so do the "C" and the "E" in "OFFICES", to the point that it actually looks like TWO words. And the I and the C are so close together, they almost look like a freakish K! Two people stand in front of this sign. One notices all these obvious flaws, while the other exists in peaceful ignorance.]
- Person 1: Argh!
- Person 2: what?
- If you really hate someone, teach them to recognize bad kerning.