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Jim Henson remembered with free whimsical font

Green person holding the Kernit font specifications

Here's a fun font (opens in new tab) that will have you joyfully flailing your arms in the air like the famous amphibian muppet. Meet Kernit (opens in new tab), a free font set inspired by the work and characters of the legendary muppet master himself, Jim Henson.

Nope, that's not a typo, Kernit gets its name from a witty mashup of Kermit the Frog and kerning. But then again you probably figured that out for yourself. (It took us a couple of passes before we noticed it, ahem.)

Developed by independent brand experience company COLLINS (opens in new tab) and MCKL (opens in new tab), Kernit was created to capture the sense of fun and whimsy that Henson's world has become know for. According to the designers, "it was also inspired by the bold, playful, rounded typography of the late seventies, which was so apparent in much of the Henson work."

Available in two weights, Kernit Bold and Kernit Outline, the retro fonts (opens in new tab) are deisgned to be used interchangeably to give your layouts and lettering some visual rhythm. Check out Kernit in action below.

Fun and seventies themed Kernit typeface

Kernit was developed as part of an exploration of the Jim Henson Exhibition

Kernit was developed as part of COLLINS' design exploration for The Jim Henson Exhibition (opens in new tab) at The Museum of the Moving Image in New York. By immersing themselves in Henson's work, including classics productions such as Dark Crystal, the COLLINS team were able to really get a handle on what it takes to make a font fit for the creator.

Download Kernit for free here (opens in new tab).

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Dom Carter
Dom Carter

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.