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Kandal Banner Name 2240


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

Weights & Styles

  • 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 with support for OpenType advanced typography, such as Adobe Creative Suite and QuarkXPress. Check your application’s user guide.

See the Kandal Specimen (below) for complete information.

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.