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DIXYU SEICI 0.1b (TrueType font) by KVirtanen DIXYU SEICI 0.1b (TrueType font) by KVirtanen
This is the new font used in the latest Sceistian Grammar Reference [link]

Dixyu seici means "the rational alphabet", but a lot of love has been poured onto making this font
maybe a few tears too


This is a very early version of a new script style font used in an imaginary language called Sceistian (name changed 11/2011, for more see: [link]).

Its appearance borrows characteristics from Japanese, Chinese, Devanāgarī, Arabic and Hebrew script, and last, but not least, the Latin alphabet. The pronunciation and grammar (which certainly isn't by any means completely covered here) is a mix of Japanese, Latin, French, Finnish, English, Italian, Slavic languages and Greek.

This font is freeware and can be distributed as long as it stays together with the included text file. I would love to hear if the font is being used somewhere or, even better, to see the results.

See the 3-stage process here:
1: [link] 2: [link] 3: [link]

(you can open them in separate tabs for comparison)



Other Sceistian-related stuff:

[link]WEBSITE
[link]BINDING GUIDE FOR THE REFERENCE BOOK
[link]REQUIRED PDF FILE


CHANGELOG

2012-09-24
- INITIAL RELEASE

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Skeware Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013   General Artist
Great work! Beautiful characters, very well designed, and the presentation is pretty neat too!
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KVirtanen Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks a lot ...! :handshake:
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is truly amazing. I've never seen a conlang font so lovingly built, much less one with such technical precision. Usually the hinting on conlang fonts turns out awful, and I was particularly impressed to see that the thin diagonal and vertical strokes remain legible at regular body sizes. Have you thought about trying OpenType features like automatic ligatures? How long did it take you to put this together?
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KVirtanen Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hi there, and thank you so much for the feedback :handshake: I'd love to try out OpenType features; could you recommend a program for doing that?

As for ligatures, I'm currently compensating for them with a large amount of kerning pairs that tie some of the characters closely together (like in the writing example at the bottom). But it would be a lot nicer to have them specifically made for this script.
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I've heard a lot of good things about FontLab; it appears to be ubiquitous among professional typographers, although the pricetag puts it on par with Photoshop. Its contemporaries are FontMaster (also pricey) and the open-source FontForge, which has its own inconveniences as the newest versions have to be compiled. And there's a tutorial here.
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KVirtanen Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Photographer
Wow, thanks! I'll look into them for sure.
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JohnRaptor Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Pretty script. I like how you've handled capital letters.
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KVirtanen Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks ...! :) :handshake:
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EmperorZelos Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
looks hebrewish
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KVirtanen Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
yep!
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