21st January, 2021 by Mota Italic
We have a super exciting, major update for you today. Our beloved Maku typeface has been radically expanded and is now a highly useful family for all your informal typesetting needs.
Maku is based on Kimya’s unique & quite pretty (Devanagari) handwriting. So the Devanagari is where it all began and where most of her focus was when initially creating the font. Kimya later added Latin capitals and extra symbols to make the typeface a bit more useful. The whole character set was originally 1,193 glyphs – not bad, but not super extensive. Also, there was only one thinnish “Regular” weight.
Fast forward a few years and Maku 2.0 now has everything and more that you were waiting for (even some extras you maybe weren’t missing). We won’t bore you with each and every change, rather, just have a look at this overview of the major updates and additions.
The outlines have always been intended to be organic so they are more realistic at text sizes. Still, for version 2 we went in and cleaned up every single glyph, so it’s all smoother and nicer (and so the forms work better as a variable font). Nerdy trivia: we removed an average of +50 nodes per glyph, for a total amount of 40% less points!
The character set has greatly expanded from 1,193 to 3,347 glyphs!
All caps fonts are fine sometimes, but a lowercase increases the usability infinitely.
Maku now supports Greek & most languages using the Cyrillic script.
It’s still a compact family, but the four weights give more options and styles to differentiate your typesetting.
This almost didn’t happen, but in the end it worked out. Now with this font, you’ll get every possible weight in between Regular and Extra Bold, in just one file.
We hope you like this new Maku! If you have any thoughts, feedback, complaints, requests, etc. we are happy to hear from you! Just email or DM us!