Poor letter spacing can ruin (or make hilarious) even the best thought-out text, as these examples demonstrate. If these mistakes are not the result of an errant space, then they might be result of automatic “kerning,” which is the process of adjusting the spacing between characters.


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When type was printed using cast metal, parts that needed to overlap adjacent letters hung off the edge. Computer typefaces might have manual, automatic, or no kerning whatsoever; no kerning can make it appear that there is a space between letters when there, while automatic kerning produces mixed results.

(h/t: justsomething)

#1 What Style Of Massage Is This?

What Style Of Massage Is This?

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#2 Another Reminder That Yes, Fonts And Kerning Matter

Another Reminder That Yes, Fonts And Kerning Matter

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Delta 1 year ago

This is from Grand Theft Auto 5

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#3 I'm Sorry, What's Broken?

I'm Sorry, What's Broken?

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JackopSkaličan 1 year ago

letter spacing is totally right in this picture..

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#4 Badly Misspelled Name

Badly Misspelled Name

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SagaaboyzR 1 year ago

I wonder how the worker would call him after the beverage is ready to serve.

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#5 Spacing Is Important

Spacing Is Important

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MounawarAbbouchi 1 year ago

Kids Exchange doesn't sound any better.

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#6 My Math Teacher Also Taught Us The Importance Of Kerning

My Math Teacher Also Taught Us The Importance Of Kerning

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AlexOldroyd 1 year ago

Umm... excuse me teacher?

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#7 Bull Titan Us

Bull Titan Us

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AnjellyDaxMacWynn 1 year ago

Whyyyyy?! This may be the worst!

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#8 Space Bar, You Had One Job

Space Bar, You Had One Job

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Maureen Mower 4 months ago

Why was Donald Trump the first person I thought of when I read that sign?

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#9 Hey Walmart... Kerning Is Important

Hey Walmart... Kerning Is Important

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BarbaraConover 1 year ago

Holly Monsen's comment is funny as the original

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#10 Worst Tart Ever

Worst Tart Ever

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BenFowler 1 year ago

Fake. California plates max out at 7 letters/numbers.

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#11 Bad Kerning, Good 'shrooms

Bad Kerning, Good 'shrooms

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Maureen Mower 4 months ago

Well, if you think about where mushrooms grow, it's not that far off.

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#12 My Aunt In The Philippines Made A Nice Birthday Cake For My Relative Curt

My Aunt In The Philippines Made A Nice Birthday Cake For My Relative Curt

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KristyStaples 1 year ago

That's a cursive lowercase "r", sorry kids, doesn't look like an "n" ... do they even teach cursive anymore (some one called it old font, lmao, cute) ?

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#13 Sign Above The Megaflicks Store

Sign Above The Megaflicks Store

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LeilaniGribner 1 year ago

Mega fucks were given at that store...

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#14 Maybe They Should Pick A Different Font Next Time

Maybe They Should Pick A Different Font Next Time

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Lala 1 year ago

...the sequel to Wuthering Heights.

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#15 Lego Click Brick

Lego Click Brick

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PalomaLaFéministe 1 year ago

no lowercase d is that stretched out. I saw click.

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