Although Marat Sans was designed years after it’s serifed sister Marat, it wasn’t designed by just »chopping off« the serifs and reducing the contrast. Marat Sans is a characterful typeface in its own right. Similar to its serifed companion it’s round and friendly-looking shapes create a lively image of text. Ink traps and the construction of the letters point to the serif. However, the forms are more compact and the round forms are more closed ensuring good standing in bigger sizes. The x-height is slightly increased and the capitals by comparison are narrower. From the start of the design process good legibility was the main aim. Marat Sans is good choice for body text, but is also serves as an original headline face because of it’s strong and warm personality. Interesting: Marat and Marat Sans fit extremely well together, maybe for that very reason, Marat Sans is not just a replica without serifs, but a characteristic design by itself.
Marat Sans desktop fonts contain various OpenType features, which provide advanced typographic performance and can be accessed by almost all professional layout software. Marat Sans 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.
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.
This features replaces the regular ‘f’ with a narrower version to avoid collisions with following characters.
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.
Marat Sans fonts contain an alternate ampersand, which is accessible via Stylistic Sets 01 or Stylistic Alternates.
This feature replaces default alphabetic glyphs with the corresponding ordinal forms.
Oldstyle and Lining Figures
Marat Sans fonts contain various styles of numerals within each font. Proportional Lining Figures slightly smaller than the capitals come standard. The proportional Lining Figures feature changes standard figures to Lining Figures in capital height, which are specifically designed to work well with capital letters. The proportional Oldstyle Figures feature changes standard figures to Oldstyle Figures with ascenders and descenders.
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 Sans fonts include Oldstyle and Lining Tabular figures.
To avoid confusion between a zero and the ‘o’ character, a slashed zero glyph is available.
Marat Sans 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.
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.