It won't have escaped your notice that there's a crisis happening in the banking world. All the big household names are affected. It's slowly engulfing us all and it gets closer to home every day. I've resisted writing about it for a long time but I can hold off no longer.
Ladies and Gentlemen allow me to introduce the Kerning Crunch.
Let's look at Lehman Brothers first. A big, strong, confident piece of typography. Standing squarely at the helm, staring rivals in the face. No problems over here matey.
But look a little bit closer. In particular take a look at the A.
Is that acceptable? Too close for comfort? Should the authorities be called in?
The O and T are gentler, but still a teeny bit close for my liking. The problem is that the Kerning Crunch causes us to question our existing value systems. Perhaps we've been sailing too close to the wind for a long time. How close do we want to get?
The worst offender has been glossed over by the main stream media. But, have no fear, that's what this esteemed blog is for. Take a closer look at the L and A in Barclays.
Trouble lies ahead my friends.
Some of these banks are their own worst enemies. L, A, Y and S are never going to be an easy set of letters to kern.
But these guys are all about taking risks, aren't they?