Design concept

Nara explores gaps in traditional type classification. It exhibits characteristics of humanist typefaces, such as an oblique axis of contrast between the thick and thin strokes (as in Garamond, Bembo, etc.), but also characteristics of modern typefaces, such as high contrast, narrower underlying letter structures, and flat, unbracketed serifs (as in Bodoni, Didot, etc).
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Nara sketch from 1989

Two Italics

Nara includes two different secondary scripts for situations where you need to emphasise a selection of text that is already italicised. The designer of Nara also explored the notions of what defines a secondary script. While the Cursive version is perfectly upright with a stroke structure inspired by handwriting, Italic uses a 12 degree slant. View the PDF type specimen by Slávka Paulíková.

Roman, Cursive, Italic


All weights of Nara include nine different kinds of numerals. Default numerals are proportional Old-style numerals. The typeface includes: ranging, or OsF (Old-style proportional Figures) for use in running text. Lining figures for use with capitals letters, because their proportions match the height of caps. Tabular (both Lining and OsF), Superior and Inferior figures, Small caps figures, and finally Circled and Circled inverted figures.

Nara numerals

OpenType features

Nara includes a wealth of advanced OpenType layout features. Read the PDF instructions, or try the OpenType features.

OpenType features icons


Nara was designed in between 1989 to 2009 by Andrej Krátky, and completed by Nikola Djurek and Peter Bilak.

In 2011 it received honourable mention at the National Prize for Design, the highest award in the field of design in Slovakia.

Slovak National Prize for Design