Akhand Devanagari is a family of compact mono-linear typefaces. The letterforms are dynamic; typically round shapes appear more compact, as their verticals have been flattened. This ‘straightening out’ gives text set in the typefaces a streamlined look. Indeed, Akhand Devanagari is designed according to a modular system. All shapes bear a strong commonality to each other, without becoming repetitive. However, the curves in the modules have all been optically corrected, removing the mechanical nature that would otherwise become too dominant.
Developed for display typography, Akhand Devanagari is primarily intended for headline setting. Nevertheless, the design performs well in shorter-length text, too (in call-out text blocks, for instance). The family’s lighter styles are suitable for short paragraphs of running text, as the negative spaces inside of the letters – as well as between them – remains more visible than the letters’ strokes. The typeface’s mono-linearity invites parallels with sans serif style typefaces often used for other scripts. Indeed, this universality enable users to mix Akhand Devanagari with texts set in other languages, helping to make Akhand Devanagari an excellent choice for use in corporate identity work, in addition to a broad range of editorial design scenarios.
The base character height in the Akhand Devanagari fonts is ‘big on the body’. Across a line of text, the consonantal forms take up the majority of vertical space. Vowel marks above and below have been shortened – keeping these to a minimum allows for lines of text to be set more closely together vertically. The reduction of interlinear space is paramount for successful headline typesetting, and Akhand Devanagari performs much better in display applications than similar fonts with more elongated vowel marks. Because of their reduced height, the typeface’s vowel mark forms have been simplified somewhat out of necessity, but this stylistic reduction is in keeping with the modular feeling of the typeface’s overall design. Dot-shaped marks appear rounded in order to help maintain their differentiation from other marks.
The Akhand Devanagari family includes eight font styles. This broad range of weights makes combinations with a strong degree of contrast possible; the lightest and the heaviest styles may be mixed to create a powerful effect in your design. Each font style contains 892 glyphs, offering full support for conjuncts and ligatures. Akhand Devanagari was designed in Ahmedabad by Sanchit Sawaria in 2012.
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