Kakadus most evident characteristic is its squarish letterforms. Evolved from a skeletal structure in which all curves were composed of straight lines. This initial idea is only rudimentarily visible in the final typeface. Kakadu is intended for reading, so it does not deviate too much from our usual habits.
Kakadu exudes a certain solidness and rationality although, the squarish forms also radiate a certain rigor, which is deliberately counteracted by softer shapes. For example, the rounded transitions of shoulder and stems, the curves in the diagonals of K, k and R, or the circular dots used for i and punctuations. Though the squarish, technical character of the typeface is restrained, it also emits a certain softness that is a real pleasure to read. Thanks to clean and open letterforms and a high x-height Kakadu stays sharp and clear even in small sizes.
Kakadu Regular and Kakadu Bold by comparison. While Kakadu is not a uniwidth design, it takes up nearly the same space throughout all weights. This makes it very useable for interfaces on screen, rollovers in particular.
Kakadu desktop fonts and web fonts contain various OpenType features, which provide advanced typographic performance and can be accessed by almost all professional layout software.
Case Sensitive Forms
When the ‘Change to caps’ function is applied from within an application (not when text is typed in caps), appropriate case-sensitive forms are automatically applied. Guillemets, dashes, hyphens and other punctuation marks are replaced with their capital forms.
In Adobe applications there are two methods of applying small capitals. The first one replaces only lower case letters with small caps.
All Small Caps
The second method also replaces capital letters and some punctuation marks with lowered small caps variations.
Ligatures are designed to improve the kerning and readability of certain letter pairs. For example, when this feature is activated, typing ‘f’ and ‘i’ will automatically produce the ‘fi’ ligature. Using ligatures does not affect the spelling and hyphenation of your text in any way.
This features replaces the regular ‘f’ with a narrower version to avoid collisions with following characters.
This feature replaces default alphabetic glyphs with the corresponding ordinal forms.
Tabular figures are for use in tables where numerals need to be aligned vertically. Tabular figures are available as an OpenType feature and have a fixed width in all weights. This feature also replaces comma and period with corresponding glyphs set on uniform widths in all weights.
To avoid confusion between a zero and the ‘o’ character, a dotted zero glyph is also available.
All fonts already include a number of pre-designed diagonal fractions. The fraction feature allows you to create other fractions quickly and easily.
Superscript / superiors
Replaces all figures with their superior alternates, which can be used for footnotes, formulas, etc.
Subscript / inferiors
Replaces all figures with their inferior alternates, used primarily for mathematical or chemical notation.