Terashima Design Co.






Character balance that most people don’t care about

Ms. N, who came here as an intern, once asked me a question. “When you type a sentence, why do you close the spaces between the letters?”

Japanese has kanji and other characters, and it also includes numbers and symbols. Sometimes even the alphabet. Since each shape is different, if you line them up full-width, the letters will be too close together, or there will be gaps between them. For example, when you type ”grid,” the letters ”ri” and ”do” are vertical, so there is space on both sides, and the ”tsu” in between is also small, creating even more space. That’s why we adjust the spacing between letters so that they look even, but the question was why do we do that?

In fact, his wife has been saying this to him for quite some time. ”No one notices that, so what’s the point in doing it?  Most of the time, people don’t even pay attention to what font they’re using.” That’s certainly true though. The state in which the spacing between letters is not adjusted is called “solid typing,” but there are some designs that intentionally write text as is. Maybe the default feel without any modification is cool. However, I find it difficult to do so and end up filling up the empty space.

I answered Ms. N, ”What I’m doing this for is tidying things up. Isn’t it more comfortable to have them lined up neatly instead of all over the place?” I guess it’s like proper grooming. Tidying up will improve your luck. In the case of writing, it may be difficult to notice tidiness. It’s better to have your shoes in the entryway in good order than in a mess. Well, you’ll have better luck if you don’t leave your shoes at the entrance. The same goes for the desk. The staff’s desks are also very clean. I’m not saying you have to do that though. There’s no reason I can’t say that. Actually, my desk is not tidy.  A system that accumulates in many ways.  So that’s probably what everyone thinks. ”Clean your desk before I tell you how to type.”