Introducing Adobe Telugu
The type team at Adobe has an ongoing initiative to design fonts for the top 10 languages of India, and, with the release of Adobe Telugu, we’re a bit closer to realizing that goal.
Telugu script is used primarily in the South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for writing Telugu language. It is also used extensively for Sanskrit texts and for representing the Gondi language. Historically, the written form of Telugu evolved in tandem with Kannada script, and their appearance is very similar.
For the design work on the Adobe Telugu project, we worked with Valentin Brustaux based upon the recommendation of our Brahmic type adviser Fiona Ross, as well the excellent Telugu design Valentin created for Microsoft’s Nirmala UI fonts. We asked him to harmonize the design with that of Adobe Kannada, which he did beautifully, while adding his own masterful touch to the design.
As with our other Indian type projects, we consulted with Fiona extensively on all aspects of the design process to ensure the highest quality of authenticity and design.
When we design fonts, there’s often the question of whether we’re optimizing for digital use or for print. According to the India Brand Equity Foundation, printed material still makes up 20 percent of India’s media and entertainment market, just after television at 44 percent. This means that there is still a strong need for Indian fonts attuned to printing processes. We’ve tailored the design of Adobe Telugu specifically for usage in print, although it also renders very crisply on screen.