Many typeface designers have the opportunity at some point to get out of the cave and open their eyes to a project outside of their comfort zone, outside of their daily design routine. That is where we found ourselves when we accepted a proposal to develop a font for the Odia script, a writing system in which we are not native. From the beginning, we understood that collaboration would be our best strategy to face this challenge; designing and producing a typeface in a writing system we do not know nor understand. The collaborative experience was extremely enriching and gave us a different perspective on our practice. However, we also encountered some limitations during that process. Our talk will shine a light on collaborative processes. We will present our typeface, Noto Sans Odia, through the prism of exchanges we had during the making of the project: communication between the designers, teamwork with the consultants, discussion with the software makers (Glyphs), etc. The collaboration between us all is what made the project possible.