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New Marain Alphabet font available to download

Daniel Solis (Art Director by day, Game Designer by night) posted a thread on the Iain Banks forum recently to let Banks fans know that he's created a new font based on Iain Banks' Marain alphabet.

The font can be downloaded from Daniel's website at danielsolis.blogspot.com.

He's also posted a video about the creation of the font:

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  1. Daniel Solis says:

    Thanks so much for linking to the font! It was a lot of fun to make, so it might not be my last stab at a Marain font. Perhaps a woodcut style? Typewriter? Hmm!

    Oh, if it's easier to remember, visitors can also reach my blog at http://www.danielsolis.com

  2. Darren says:

    Hi Daniel - You're welcome! Let us know if you do develop any more versions and we'll give those a mention as well.

  3. Sylvain says:

    I always thought the Marain letters one could find on Omniglot were only a subset of all Marain letters. Why use a nine-bit system (which gives 512 possibilities) for only 32 letters?

  4. Maritova says:

    Sylvain, the reason is that if you use all 512 possibilities, you end up with ambiguity. Some letters are just rotations or translations of other glyphs. One intent of Marain is to have the glyph shape be unambiguous through any rotation.

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