Kerning as a way of life

kerntips-4After spending almost 18 years as a graphic designer and an art director, I can’t help seeing imperfections around me. Well that day, I was at Starbucks behind my SOHO and every time I added a pinch of cinnamon powder and slightly less than a full packet of brown sugar, I wished if I was able to kern it. And for all those who don’t know what kerning is, well – it’s how you fine tune the text, to strike the perfect balance of character spacing and the word spacing, a graphic design demands.

So coming back to life, I love to kern my martinis to strike a perfect balance. 15 ml of extra dry vermouth mixed with 80 ml of Bombay sapphire, shaken and poured without a single olive in it. But an orange peel would do. Aah! When I have the first sip, I wish 90 ml of Bombay sapphire would be perfect at this point of time. And maybe 10 ml of triple sec would add the right sweetness.


At night, lighting is another thing I like to kern. The spotlight on a wall needs to be moved a bit so that the wall reflects the right amount of light depending on the mood. I wish to keep all lights are compatible with dimmers.

When I look at a group of picture frames, I can’t help aligning them and adjusting the spaces in my mind. Fine tuning my belt (of course I can’t stand the belts with holes and a pin. What if I want a space in between them?), adjusting the decibel levels of sounds around me, tuning the room temperatures are some of my common habits.
Living in one of the millennium cities of India, what disturbs me the most are huge power grid poles and a mesh of electric wires, spreading all across the city. You could be easily carried away by these tall glass buildings as if you’re in Dubai or Singapore. All you need to do is hide the poles while clicking the pictures.


On one of my holidays, I was checking-out a hotel room. When I went to the balcony, I saw a huge tree obstructing a beautiful sunset. “Can we move this tree a bit to the left please?” I wanted to tell the guy. But we chose the room next to it instead.

Out of all things, I thank god for giving me a car with a cruise control. I love kerning the speed. 2 km up or down to achieve that perfect speed, which is otherwise impossible to achieve with your right foot.

So when my wife tells me that I’m suffering from OCD, I agree with her and tell her yes it’s Obsessive Compulsive Designer at work, whose thoughts are always fighting and kerning the chaos around to seek a perfect balance and harmony. Can’t help it.

I just get rid of imperfections and design happens.


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  1. Manoj Trivedi

    Congrats Candy…for the blog and what a beautiful way to start it…I just loved reading it and could relate to each and everything written over there. That I know you and your fastidiousness with regard to your work, made the whole reading highly relatable as I said earlier. Kudos…Way to go Candy Bhai…Way to go Magicmushroom…

  2. Tarun

    Hello Candy sir, me too agreed with manoj’s indeed beautiful way to start..and loved the way you express…all the best for future endeavours candy sir.

  3. Dee

    Wow Kandy (and it’s always with a K)!. . What a description – well done! Be true to who you’ve always been, and you’ll always stay uniquely inspired, for there aren’t many like you, and Thank God for that! Here’s to many more experiences, many more kernings. .. some alone and some together :)

  4. Viney Mehta

    Hello Candy Sir – Hope You Are Doing Good – The OCD Part Was The Best Specially Its Full Form That You Revealed In The Middle Of The Paragraph (Infact The Last Paragraph Completes The Blog) #Lotsofgoodwishes #Yehtohbassshuruvathai #Waytogo :)

  5. Awesome blog candy!! Must admit that midway through reading,I was mentally saying kerning to naya word hai.. Originally i say ocd Lehrer hain!! But you had to have thought of that angle too!! Covered your ass well with the OCDesigner bit,I must say!!:) I love the way you write about kerning but you, for me the imperfections create some of the most magic in my images. :)
    One day after we have had the fifth lovely martini that you beautifully describe, we shall have session where you kern your friends….. I’m sure you have mentally done that a million times!
    Cheers…. And congrats!! ??????⭐️

  6. Bhupat

    Awesome blog Candy! You keep surprising me with your thoughts everyday.

  7. Ajay Kr. Prasad

    Kerning between the thought and the craft of writing. I didn’t know that you are a writer too! It’s like curiously you read, mesmerising you feel. Going great gun Candy!! Keep it up!!

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