Sweet and savory, Chikki™ is our crunchy new Devanagari and extended Latin type family. Mix all six weights to create some funky typographic designs, and use the variable version for extreme flexibility with online & print layouts.

Designed by: Kimya Gandhi
Assisted by: Rob Keller
Intern: Salomi Desai
Published in: 2019
Styles: 6 fonts + 1 Variable Font
Scripts: Latin, Devanagari
№ of Characters: 1,607 glyphs per font

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Licenses from: $29

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Chikki is a tasty Indian sweet. The ingredients vary by region, but the one we are used to in Mumbai is usually made with peanuts and jaggery. It’s crunchy & yummy!

Chikki the food vs. Chikki the font

Paper to Beziers

Kimya began this design with some simple Devanagari sketches. Jump forward a few years and the drawings were re-discovered, digitized, and sculpted into what is now Chikki. The Latin came much later and was made to match the nearly-completed Devanagari. This process resulted in interesting designs that would not have been the same (for either script) if the order was reversed.

Crispy Chikki

One of the most obvious features of Chikki is its lack of curves. Rounded shapes are represented with straight lines and sharp corners have been nibbled off.

The Light weight is close to monolinear, whereas the Black features a bit of contrast. There are subtle references to stroke angles, but this was definitely not written with a pen.

The six weights range from Light to Black to allow for greater typographic control, legibility, and hierarchy at any size. While Chikki is primarily a display design, the letterforms and spacing have been clearly refined and optimized to work also at small sizes and to be clear for reading longer amounts of text.

Chikki is Variable!

Are you using Variable fonts yet? If not, we suggest you jump in and start playing with Chikki Variable*! This new format allows you to fine-tune any weight between the Thin and Black extremes. This is ideal for websites because there is only one linked font file instead of multiple. While the format is great for the web, it’s also useful in desktop design apps so you can have the flexibility choosing any weight, and not just the pre-defined six.

* The Variable Font comes FREE in the Chikki Complete font package. It is not available separately.

Download Chikki’s PDF specimen to see all the sharp details up close.

Chikki’s Character Set

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