Kandal Banner Name 2240
Kandal Banner Sample 2240 1
Kandal Banner 3 2240X1314
Kandal Banner 4 2240X1314

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Kandal (1994) is a wedge serif design with some old style characteristics. It follows the weight scheme typically used for slab-serif typefaces, where the contrast between the thick and thin strokes remains relatively constant as they get thicker. Its proportions are rather narrow compared to other serif typefaces, especially the caps. The italic follows a modern cursive style of construction. The name comes from the name of a small town in Norway where some of my ancestors were from. It rhymes with “bundle.”

  • Kandal Feature1
  • Kandal Feature2
  • Kandal Feature3
  • Kandal Feature4


  • Four weights: Book, Medium, Bold, and Black.
  • Italics for all weights.
  • Ligatures.
  • Dingbats.
  • Alternate “fitted” figure one.*
  • Extended language support for most Latin-based Western and Central European languages.

* Requires an application or operating system with support for OpenType advanced typography, such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Affinity Designer/Photo/Publisher, or QuarkXPress. Check your application’s user guide. OpenType advanced typography is also supported by most modern web browsers through the use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).


Kandal Specimen. The story of Kandal, feature descriptions, complete showings of all the fonts, and usage examples. 18 pages. 348 KB PDF.

Additional Information

  • The Making of Kandal

    2009 feature article on the Letter Cult website on the story behind Kandal, one of my earliest attempts at type design, going back to 1977.

  • Kandal on “Fonts In Use”

    “Fonts In Use” is a collaborative website where interesting or notable examples of fonts in use are shared.