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Marat is an elegant and lively typeface with a soft and friendly appearance. It comes in 5 different weights and includes Italics, Small Caps, various OpenType features and a wide range of language support. Each font includes Oldstyle and Lining Figures, both proportional and tabular. Marat has been selected by the Type Directors Club of New York to receive the Certificate of Excellence in Type Design and by the Letter.2 Type Design Competition (ATypI). It also was among MyFonts Top 10 Fonts of 2008.

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Design Concept

Although originally conceived as a magazine face – with strong serifs and open character shapes for good legibility in small sizes, and compact letter forms optimised for narrow columns and tight headlines – Marat evolved into a comprehensive family for general use. With their vertical stress and round forms the letters lend a soft and friendly appearance to the text. This specific construction also allows the letter forms to become extraordinary bold but still stay lively and readable, as can be seen in the extra bold display version Marat Fat.
[...] Marat’s strong personality left me skeptical when I first saw it. But the more I used it, the more I realized that I didn’t have to worry: its lovely and eye-catching details only emerge at larger sizes. Its upbeat, engaging and accessible sensibility quiets down enough to let the design be even, legible, and very pleasant to read when set at text sizes. This ability to present highly effectively at both small and large sizes is something I have noticed in many of my favorite type designs. Read full Review by Eben Sorkin.

Open-Type Features

Marat desktop fonts contain various OpenType features, which provide advanced typographic performance and can be accessed by almost all professional layout software. Marat webfonts do not contain any OpenType features.

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. Regular brackets, parentheses, dashes and hyphens are replaced with their capital forms. This feature also changes Oldstyle Figures to Lining Figures automatically.

Contextual Alternates

Marat’s ‘f’ is designed so that its hook disappears completely in the stem of a following character with ascender. For other problematic characters this features replaces the regular f with a more narrow version to avoid collisions with following characters.

Ligatures

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.

Lining Figures

Marat fonts contain various styles of numerals within each font. Proportional Oldstyle Figures with their ascenders and descenders come standard as they work well in running text. The proportional Lining Figures feature changes standard figures to Lining Figures which are specifically designed to work well with capital letters.

Tabular Figures

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. Marat fonts include Oldstyle and Lining Tabular Figures.

Slashed zero

To avoid confusion between a zero and the ‘o’ character, a slashed zero glyph is available.

Arbitrary Fractions

Marat 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 and lowercase letters with their superior alternates, which can be used for footnotes, formulas, etc.

Subscript / inferiors

Replaces all figures and lowercase letters with their inferior alternates, used primarily for mathematical or chemical notation.

Discretionary Ligatures

The discretionary ligature feature creates real arrows when you type the combination -> (right arrow), <- (left arrow), -^ (up arrow) or ^- (down arrow). A second set of arrows comes when typing -->, <--, --^ or ^--. Discretionary ligatures are off by default in Adobe applications.