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“welcome to the
website of a crea(c)tive
graphic designer."

- olivier


so, why decide on ‘over-kerning’?


this is a vision of my graphic design philosophy.


{ kerning }

Fine-tune character spacing
If the letters in a typeface are spaced too
uniformly, they make a pattern that doesn’t
look uniform enough... Kerning adjusts
the spacing between specific letters.

Manage a more balanced appearance
In metal type, a kerned letter extended past
the lead slug that was supporting it, allowing
two letters to sit more closely together.

Achieve a visually pleasing result
In typography, kerning is the adjustment of
the space allocated to one or both sides of a
letter to make it fit more comfortably with its
neighbors and to improve the ‘color’ in a word.

{ over-kerning }

Use extreme kerning or over-kerning to create
tightly spaced or overlapping characters, for a
newsletter nameplate or as a part of a logotype
by example.

Whatever the project I have to achieve, answer a visual communication problem
means find a balanced solution between a visual presentation (how it will look...)
and a visual expression (what it will say...). In other words, as a graphic designer,
I have to come across an answer that will tell you a story that you will see.

{ Type, colors, images, ... } I will carefully select will be the ‘characters’ of the story.
Layout refers is for me direct them neatly on a page as actors would be on a stage.
And the play will be successful if all these selected ‘characters’ are on good terms!


it’s the art of carefully moving some
selected ‘characters’ together!


That’s where kerning comes into play. As in typography, I will fine-tune the space
between all these ‘characters’ to make their story more visually appealing, that is
attractive (it looks...) and interesting (it says...).

As important as the ‘characters’ themselves will be the space between them which is
in fact their relationships: the group has to be more important than its own elements,
over-kerning the characters makes them become { a unified whole } as man says in
Gestalt Theory.

Our ‘characters’ gradually disappear. They melt into words, sentences, paragraphs...
They turn into a story. They become your story. Your communication comes to life!