Introduction: Make Your Own Secret Code

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This will hopefully help you to make your own written code, which only you will be able to read, or someone else, should you share the Alphabet.

Step 1: Find Your Style

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You have a few questions to ask yourself,

Should my script write left to right? Or top to bottom?

Will I have the same amount of symbols as the number of letters in your Alphabet, for example English has 26 letters, same number of symbols? Or a couple of symbols that stand for the same letter? P.S, doing that really screws people who try to break the code.

Are your symbols going to be broken, or all one continuous line (like mine).

Are you going to use a symbol for spaces between words (which works best for systems that are all on one line, again you'll see what I mean when you look at those pictures.)

Are you also going to to make a number system (P.S its pretty hard.)

Step 2: Make the Characters!

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My personal character system was inspired by the fact that I like tribal, and I love writing styles that are all one line, so I set out to make one.

Tips to keep in mind, keep all your symbols distinct, and try not to let them blend together. One a single line system I leave a segment of straight line to help break the different symbols apart. As you can see by this photo, it takes quite a bit of brain storming, to get everything just right.

I decided on long flowing characters, that look confusing but are really quite organized. Also I made characters for spaces between words, apostrophe, and periods.

(P.S. I had to remove some part of the picture as they were the Alphabet and no one must know my secrets, BUWAWHAHWHAWHA!!!! Cough... cough... hack...)


Steven Santos (author)2017-12-30

I have a secret language called " The Navajo Language" used in World War II

MilesP2 (author)2016-01-08

finnally! someone with an imagination!!! i have hundreds of these kinds of ciphers and have like 7 of them memorized. a few of them look like ofhter languages like burmese or sanskrit

GeneG8 (author)MilesP22016-04-07

I have an imposible secret language using fantasian (its from geranamo stilton)

and making it so it goes 26 in that language=a,Z=c 25=d ect. so unless u have anelebet or a and b right next to eachother it is imposible

FearlessTitan made it! (author)2016-01-29

Great starting guide steps.

alexia1133 (author)2016-01-21

hi i love this and think its awesome but what letter stands for what because i have been looking for a code like this to wright it will you please make a paper that has an

A then your mark that stand for the letter

gujjubhai (author)2015-10-06

Wtf loll

lucaspotter812 (author)2015-09-19

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VincentB3 (author)2014-12-01

Try an older language or make something new, because as it is it won't work.

GeekBeam (author)2010-02-10

uh how about something like this

GeekBeam (author)GeekBeam2010-02-10

if you can see it

GeekBeam (author)GeekBeam2010-02-10

eh might as well send a link fontstruct

GeekBeam (author)GeekBeam2010-02-10

it's free

KwartzKitten (author)GeekBeam2014-10-20

Do you know if Fontstruct will replace groupings of letters?

crazyhalofreak (author)2009-04-19

have you tryed a layered code? like, taking a message, coding it one way where certain letters represent others, and then translating THAT into your alphabet? so, once they cracked your alphabet, theyd need to know a key word to know the message.

it wouldn't work, they would just skip knowing the real alphabet and learn the coded one. What you would have to do if you wanted to code it again is have multiple letters mean one letter so that they couldn't skip stages.

KwartzKitten (author)WereCheetah2014-10-20

If you were sharing notes with a friend you could--- wait this was five years ago. Uhm... You were talking about how easy it was to crack something like a Caesarean cipher, and I was thinking if you were sharing notes with a friend you could devise a way to communicate what the new key word was in the message.

GeekBeam (author)WereCheetah2010-02-09

or make it depend on math equations to form numbers which equal letters i have a different layer in my code that depends on the date it was sent

crazyhalofreak (author)GeekBeam2010-02-27

i dont even remember posting that it's been so long. lol

GeekBeam (author)crazyhalofreak2010-02-28

 yeah i might post it later on if i have time

KwartzKitten (author)2014-10-20

This is exactly what I need for an art project! I'll tell you how it goes.

puppymaster108 (author)2012-12-29

i'm desperate i'm a club president and i need a code
i used to be really good but i forgot where i put them and i dont know how to make them anymore

puppymaster108 (author)2012-12-29

do you think i could use your code its really good

dacason (author)2011-08-26

hey r u able to write out the alphabet and then write your code next to it? i used to be really good at making them up but now i need another one since i lost my others lmao

brainiac120 (author)2010-11-13

almost done mine is called "shark teeth" where triangles and x's represent "shark teeth" also there are multiple symbols for letters and symbols for an,of,and the. but your code is way better!

El Mano (author)2010-08-03

Can you read it fluently, like English? How did you work up to that?

r0g3rrabbit (author)2009-07-21

4-26-26-13...... have fun finding that.

dodo91 (author)r0g3rrabbit2010-08-02


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GeekBeam (author)Thundertydus2010-02-09

oh i see it's the numbers corrosponding to its position in the alphabet

Saturn V (author)2010-05-23

I made a code that writes in one line, like yours, but has seprate symbols for A, An, and The to throw off anyone trying to break it, along with 7 of the letters having two symbols.

make things (author)2010-04-10


hoihoi151 (author)make things2010-04-13

 let me guess book cypher? 1st numbers are lines the next are corresponding words

GeekBeam (author)2010-02-10

using this with the spy-tech practical codes 'ible makes it almost impossible to break it unless you are the feds

orangewolf22 (author)2009-07-20

oooooooooooooooooooooooh! sneaky!

ampeyro (author)2009-07-11

wow, i did my own phonetic alphabet in high-school(i was realy bored in language classes), i never imagined that i could make an instructable about it

fireblast_1212 (author)2009-01-15


NightScrawler (author)2008-07-12 is a really great site for stuff like this. You can even post your writing system up there and challenge them to decipher it.

Shaman of Bliss (author)2008-05-21

Thanks, I was thinking of trying something like that, got any good computer font creators you'd like to post a link too?

iman (author)2008-05-20

you can also enter this into a computer font creator and use it in email.

nnygamer (author)2008-05-19

Cool script! Variations on the number could include using roman numeral style or a different base number instead of 10. I've done quite a few things along the same lines. Mostly for gaming props and maps. The last one I did was for a dragon language, made up of scratches and holes (claw writing). Yours reminds me of the alphabet from the movie/tv show Alien Nation (1988/89).

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