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I'm working on customizing Myriad Semibold for a suite of products for my organization. One place I'm having difficulty is with the word "Talks," specifically the way the foot of the k bumps into the s when spaced tightly. (Myriad Semibold with -25 letterspacing is the base for all the wordmarks, which I've then modified.)
Here are some attempts at resolving the k/s pair.
The one I've been leaning towards the most is the last one - I like the way the k bumps into the s and suggests script or a serif, but only on the bottom. I don't like the way the s' tail (terminal? finial??) ends above it, so I've tried a few things. But it's proving tricky and downright unsatisfactory:
Maybe the top two have the most potential; although I felt that the way the k suppresses/cuts off the s was antithetical to the nature of the product (lectures for students).
Any tips, possibilities or references to ks ligatures would be much appreciated!