KERNING The process of moving pairs of letters farther apart or closer together to make them appear more evenly spaced. Most layout software offers an automatic kerning feature which greatly reduces the need for manual kerning. See also letterspacing.
KICK PLATE A metal or plastic plate or strip that runs along the bottom edge of a sign structure or kiosk to protect against marring of the finished surface by kicking or cleaning equipment.
KIOSK Traditionally a small structure used for posting temporary signs and notices. A freestanding structure onto (and into) which messages and pertinent information can be housed and displayed. Many kiosks have interactive elements such as touch screen monitors. May be portable or permanent.
KNIFE BEVEL The angle of the vertical cutting edge of a blade. The angle is increased to aid knife travel through thicker material that produces more friction between the blade and medium.