Providing educational resources and opportunities for all individuals involved in book and book-related publishing.

LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Look Closely: Elevate Your Typography

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

Kerning is the process of adjusting the space between letters to achieve a visual harmony and optimize legibility. Though kerning adjustments may be small, they are a critical finishing touch. Through a variety of hands-on exercises and group critiques, you’ll develop critical observation skills and learn to see type in a new way. In addition to kerning, this one-day workshop will address leading, line length, placement of punctuation and other finishing details that will transform your typography from functional to beautiful. This workshop is geared for non-designers who work with type but have never studied kerning and type detailing, or graphic designers who want to sharpen observation skills.

Required Materials

  • Ruler
  • Sharpie markers (regular and fine)
  • Pencil
  • If applicable: a project you are currently working that you would like to receive feedback on


Carolyn Porter is a graphic designer, type designer, and writer. Her first font, P22 Marcel Script, garnered four international honors including a Certificate for Typographic Excellence from the New York Type Directors Club, typeface competitions by Communication Arts and Print magazines, and was a selection for the 2015 Project Passion exhibition. Her non-fiction book “Marcel’s Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate” was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, was a Paris Book Festival winner and won gold medals from IPPY and the Military Writer’s Society of America. Carolyn lives in Minnesota with her husband and their 110-pound black lab.