More utilitarian than the original Nara (Serif), Nara Sans aims for better usability and a more contemporary feel. It is closely based on Nara’s rational structure of strokes and its humanist calligraphy models, but in includes rather sharp details for a humanist sans.
Nara comes with two secondary styles, an upright cursive with calligraphic details, and an angled Italic resembling traditional typeface style designed to complement a Roman typeface. As with the original Nara, Nara Sans Cursive uses the exact same set of uppercase letters as the upright Nara Sans to accompany a much narrower lowercase. The aesthetic inspiration for this concept lies in the early Aldine italics, which began with lowercase letters only, with the uppercase letters consisting of roman capitals at the beginning of the sentences. This however proved to be challenging during the design process, requiring extensive testing to find a weight compromise that suited both text and display applications. The resulting text feel of both cursive and italic styles is not overly uniform but accentuates the underlying ‘handwritten’ character of these styles. The two secondary styles enable the setting of even the most complex text hierarchies, giving this spirited family sufficient versatility for any job.
All weights of Nara Sans 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 Sans was designed by Andrej Krátky, with the assistance of Slávka Pauliková, Nikola Djurek, and Marko Hrastovec, and released in 2017.