A font family designed for literacy use and beginning readers.


Andika is a sans-serif font family designed and optimized especially for literacy use. It supports almost the complete range of Unicode characters for these scripts, including a comprehensive range of diacritics and a large set of symbols useful for linguistics and literacy work.

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Designed for new readers

Andika’s design takes into account the needs of beginning readers. The focus is on clear, easy-to-perceive letterforms that will not be readily confused with one another. Read more about its design.

Supporting literacy

A sans serif font is preferred by most literacy personnel for teaching people to read. Its forms are simpler and less cluttered than those of most serif fonts. Andika supports advanced OpenType features useful for including number and letter shapes to fit local preferences. Read more about its font features.

Complete character set

Thousands of languages around the world are written using Latin and Cyrillic letters and their many variants. Andika provides comprehensive support for these writing systems, and includes a wide range of additional characters and symbols useful for linguistic and literacy work. Read more about our character set support.

Common questions

Where does the name Andika come from?

Andika (pronounced ahn-DEE-kah) means ‘Write!’ in Swahili—a language widely used in eastern and southeastern regions of the African continent, among other places.

What is the difference between Andika and Andika New Basic?

Andika has a more complete character set comparable to Charis SIL and Doulos SIL. Andika New Basic has a limited character set, supporting only the Basic Latin and Latin-1 Supplement Unicode ranges, plus a selection of the more commonly used extended Latin characters, with miscellaneous diacritical marks, symbols and punctuation.

See the complete Andika - FAQ list.

See the complete Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek Fonts - FAQ list.