Devanagari Typeface Design

A Humanist Devanagari typeface based upon traditional calligraphic structures with modulated strokes and large counters. The typeface aims to reflect the roots from which the script has emerged.

NID Best Graduation Project
In Communication Design

CII Young Designers Award 2021
Top 4 - Communication Design Category

Understanding Devanagari

Script, Calligraphy, Anatomy & Terminology

Research Insights

  • Clear distinction between a traditional Hindi font and what now feels like 'internet' fonts (less preferred).
  • Organic letter formations with good negative space interaction often appear to be better than the ones with a monotonous tone.
  • Spacing, Kerning and leading is a crucial part of judging typeface which if not done right, renders your well done letterforms useless.
  • The more 'taller' the letterforms are, the more compressed and hard to read they become. Wide counters create better reading flow.
  • Fonts with high stroke contrast become too sharp or 'edgy' and become disturbing when reading in a body text format.


Derive a Devanagari typeface that stays true to the script and has its root in the original structures. It should remain independent of any other script and tackle the issues present in the existing typefaces.

Document the process and provide resources to help other aspiring type designers on their project of designing a Devanagari typeface.

Screen & Print
Classic not Old
Organic Not Clean
Confident but Humble

Design Development

  • Studying Underlying Structure
  • Practicing Calligraphy
  • Exploring Structure & Proportions
  • Deriving Root Letters
  • Refinement & adding more characters
  • Feedback
  • Vectors and Font Software
  • Exporting

Final Typeface

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