By examining typographic contexts using Kannada script, I defined two critical challenges. Firstly, The flow of Kannada texts is easily interrupted by the use of visually discordant Latin-script numbers, punctuation, words and sections of text. Secondly, there is currently no Kannada typeface that offers a true italic. In the rare instances where an italic weight is offered, it is always a sloped version of the regular, that often creates poor contrast and is visually dull. The handwritten form of Kannada is stimulating in its speed, letter-shapes and contrast of angle, offering an excellent opportunity for experimentation into new true italic type designs.
Archetypal forms of Kannada script feature a profusion of arcs and circles. Quick experiments identified the variety of forms that could harmonise with one another. Designs were then digitalised and tested further for legibility and readability. Although sharp angles and shapes were explored in the Latin script, the final forms adhere to smooth arcs. Only the stems and crossbars maintain strong vertical lines, even joints are softened by a subtle curve.