Kadwa is a Devanagari typeface family designed by Sol Matas. It is based on the original Latin typeface Bitter, a slab serif typeface for text.
People read and interact with text on screens more and more each day. What happens on screen ends up being more important than what comes out of the printer. With the accelerating popularity of electronic books, type designers are working hard to seek out the ideal designs for reading on screen.
Motivated by Sol's love for the pixel she designed Bitter, and later Kadwa. A "contemporary" slab serif typeface for text, it is specially designed for comfortably reading on any computer or device. The robust design started from the austerity of the pixel grid, based on rational rather than emotional principles. It combines the large x-heights and legibility of the humanistic tradition with subtle characteristics in the characters that inject a certain rhythm to flowing texts.
It has little variation in stroke weight and the Regular is darker than a typical typeface intended for use in print. This generates an intense color in paragraphs, accentuated by the serifs that are as thick as strokes, with square terminals.
Each glyph is carefully designed with an excellent curve quality added to the first stage of the design, that was entirely made in a pixel grid. The typeface is balanced and manually spaced to use very few kerning pairs, especially important for web font use since most browsers do not currently support this feature.
The Kadwa project is led by Sol Matas, a type designer based in Berlin, Germany. To contribute, see github.com/solmatas/Kadwa
Kadwa font contains 562 defined characters and 409 unique glyphs. The font contains characters from the following unicode character ranges: Basic Latin (93), Latin-1 Supplement (96), Latin Extended-A (128), Latin Extended-B (12), Spacing Modifier Letters (10), Combining Diacritical Marks (1), Greek and Coptic (6), Devanagari (127), Tibetan (2), Latin Extended Additional (8), General Punctuation (25), Superscripts and Subscripts (2), Currency Symbols (5), Letterlike Symbols (6), Number Forms (4), Arrows (7), Mathematical Operators (17), Miscellaneous Technical (4), Geometric Shapes (2), Private Use Area (1), Alphabetic Presentation Forms (2).
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