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Excellent, you magician, you!
That is outstanding Em42. Amazing job.
wow. this is an unbelievable great work!
Diabolical! I want to wallpaper my bathroom with it.
oh... my eyes...
I try this whith colors...
Thanks for your comments!
@afrojet: why the bathroom? :)
Very nice work!
Not easy on the eyes, specially on screen, but must look great on paper.
@Em42: Because its smallness of size would amplify the effect. Which I imagine to be, like a boxing match between claustrophobia and vertigo.
Mindbending, Em! I can't stop staring at it. I'm hypnotized! How do you make it stop?
@Icare, Jmarquez & Gene: the font was closeted in my FontStruct lab for quite a long time because I was not sure about how much disturbing the optical effect was: personally I find it is funny to get lost for a few split seconds in it, but not longer!
@Afrojet: a wallpaper like this in a small room? It would really drive anyone crazy...
I want to make a poster with it for my living room! How would I use this in Photoshop or Flash? Is it possible? I can see it in "Fontbook" (I have a Mac), but not in those other applications ... help?
@Giac5000: Thanks for your comment!
As concerning the font installation, I have no issue. Once downloaded, unzipped and installed, the True Type font is available in my applications.
Anyone else can help?
cool!! OMG my eyes....
how can you fill in the empty space?
Thanks for the comments!
Brilliant Font! Perfect for an "Under Construction" image on websites...
I need to figure it out in large print but that is one I wil do with my cutterplotter and put on the side of my car....
@Klinkhart: I would love to see examples of this font in action. If you put it on the side your car, be aware of possible crashes! :)
Oh my god. Simply amazing
That's insane! I almost didn't see the letters at first, then I was like "wait a sec..." haha. good work!
Absolutely great! I really love this font, but do you know why I can't be able to activate it? It says the font is corrupted for me. Im using a mac and suitcase fusion. But overall, this is just amazing!
@Xenius and Dollydaydream: thanks!
@Narani: I can download and use it on my Mac, but I don't use Suitcase Fusion. Try to install it directly from the font file and see if it works...
That's a verry nice font
Ça fait tourner l'esprit! C'est magique
Really impressive. I humbly request a "thinner" version with more white space between the lines for increased visibility at smaller sizes.
@Emepar7: thanks for the suggestion! Unfortunately with the current FontStruct bricks it is possible to get a thinner line only by increasing the grid size and starting the work from scratch... I have to think about it! :)
Nice try of "Victor" Font http://www.gestalten.com/fonts/detail/?id=be0db8100e909556010ee783163e000e&path=fonts.experimentalfonts&count=15
@Em42 & Balseca
Another case like Enanitos VS Satriani VS Coldplay ?
One of the winners of the TDC2 2009
@Balseca and JMarquez: all these fonts, mine included, are based on the same (known) optical trick usually seen in library of optical illusions. I was not aware of the Victor font, and I saw the Optica font on I love typography when Dioptical was almost finished (check the creation date).
Yet each set seems to be quite different and to have its own peculiarities.
If you check the comments on the Optica page you may discover that that are other creations sharing similarities with Optica and Dioptical.
I'm really surprised that different people came out with a similar idea in the same period without being influenced one another. I'm sure there is a specific word for this phenomenon, but now I can't rememeber it. :)
That is why I mentioned the Satriani case, besides Originality is always a case of applying influences no matter how small they are, even if you are not aware of them. But it would be interesting if you got the award with your fontstruction instead of the Mexican dude. :)
A tipping point of optically challenging typefaces perhaps? The Fontstruct DNA mutating and infecting next generation typographers? Either way, they are all wonderful and big props to TCD2 for recognizing Guerrero's work. I see Guesrrero's win here as a victory for Fontstruct as well. Let's get weird with these bricks.
@em42 I think you're looking for the word synchronicity... horrible to read the font, but intriguing nonetheless...
Make it go away! evil genius!
Would you mind if I shamelessly applied this technique to my Agora font?
@Jmarquez: I would have never submitted this font to the award as I would have never expected a font like this to be under consideration for the TDC...
@Afrojet: I'm glad you got weird with these bricks as well!
@Antoine: thanks for telling the right word!
@Claud9147: just follow what is suggested in the sample images... :)
@Emepar7: no problem, but I'm sure you could add a tweak or two of your own to create something original!
EM42, I am freelance designer, I would love to use this font on a project I have coming up for a council. Would that be ok?
@Eamonnfoy77: I'm sorry but you can use this font for personal use only and no commercial use is permitted. Thanks for asking.
Excuse me, but what is the stroke weight that you used in order to create this awesome font?
The only one available in FontStruct! ;-)
Ohhhh nice! I have Vista 64 bit and this is the only font I have trouble downloading. Any suggestons?
This is the only font I'm unable to download as well ('Font Generator Error').
as some of might have noticed... there are many undownloadable fontstructions!
The strange thing about THIS ONE is, that everything worked fine for this (and others) until FS did his server movement...
I'm sorry I overlooked this issue...
@Kix: thanks for your remark!
I'll contact Rob Meek and I'll let you know as soon as possible.
Incredible what you did here, a perfect op-art style font!
The font should download now, as Rob fixed the issue. Thanks Rob!
@Axel: thanks, and don't try to work with it, as it really hurts the eyes!
you are cool and plese vote for
my Fontstruct bbecause i download
i can't seem to be able to use it on photoshop. hmm
Thx for awesome job.
does anyone know if there any similar fonts to this that can be used in commercial project?
@whdh: I have no issue in using the font in Photoshop. Note that only uppercase letters are available.
@ukwarboy: check the Optica font by BlueTypo mentioned above.
House42 used the font to create artwork for the Skineskin laser-engraved leather covers for Moleskine notebooks.
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Very cool product, Em!
Thanks Gene! :)
Hello EM42, I like your leather cover. Congrats!
how to create empty space? just lines.. no letter
Dioptical is featured in the book Type Fontbat.
amazing concept! great work ^_^
omg HOW DID YOU DO THAT?
Mezmerizing and brilliant. Truly obsessive. Sadly, tried to download and suitcase says it's corrupt... :`(
Hi Susan — we are aware of the problem with Suitcase and we're working to get it fixed. FontStructions are not corrupt, and you should be able to install Dioptical with FontBook.
Omg my eyes!!!
It burns! AGGH!
This font is diabolical!
Being the n00b that I am, I'm impressed by a lot of fonts, but this one takes the cake. I'm still walking in circles... you are a genius Em42.
I printed out my name in this font and stuck it on the front of my binder, and when class is going nowhere I stare at it and marvel at its trippy-ness.
I CANT SEE THE LETTERS SCARYYY:çL:::
that's brilliant! given me some mad ideas :o)
hi, why i can't use this font?? instead it appears the letter of your logo on your site. what kind of protection? WTF??? with russia from love
MAN!! the first time i see this font
excellent! can't wait to apply it to my designs.
HOLY MOTHER OF PEARL! This is amazing!
Now, how do I extend just the lines?
I love this font! It's amazing! It's brilliant! It's the best I've ever seen! One thing: Do you know how long it took me to see the friggen letters!?
just a quick question, but how does one fill the blank space in between words with lines as well?
you should add a space character that continues the lines
Thanks for all the comments.
As concerning the blank space issue, I'm sorry but the space character is intentionally left out of the set as a deterrent to the commercial use of the typeface.
the concept is so simple that's why the font is so GREAT.
From my perspective...this is a masterpiece!
Waw... Absolutely stunning!
Now I'm jealous! XP Why can't that be me? 2250 dowloads and lots of respect? I'm so jealous! I want an awesome font!!! :(
No numbers? o well great font
Hi, this is so AWESOME. Just how do you type text with it?
Wow! I Am downloading This!!!
INSANE! (ow... my head) Amazing! I don't see why I haven't downloaded it...I'm about to once I finish commenting! :D
P.S. For the "putting more space between black lines" issue, why not just clone it and erase every other line?
AHHHH! MY EYES! MY EYES! Cool font, anyways.
Holy crap this just about messed up my eyes, its fantastic
Good job, man! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the impressive font !!
AMAZING! Thanx for sharing.
I seriously screamed "Whoa!" when I realized how it worked. Amazing job!
Thank you for sharing!!
Love this, but (not to discriminate, as he needs a lot of time) can you make numbers? I've been looking for this EXACT look for my logo, but with the fonts I've downloaded All I Could make is this...
Hmm... without numbers, the 3000 is like the "300" on the movie "300" So, here it is...
lol this hurts my head lookin at it...Dioptical is diabolical! xP
This is a great font! Perhaps sort of useless, but endlessly entertaining.
My eys hurt, when I'm trying to figure out the letters from your works.
Works superb on Windows XP™.
I am trying to use this front but I can only get one character at a time. It installs but only shows one character in the install file. Any ideas?
Looks like someone got there before you. [url=http://a2-type.co.uk/html/eyeslies.html]Eyes Lies[/url] was designed in 2004!
Looks like someone got there before you. Eyes Lies was designed in 2004!
Please, look at this for a minute: This is a copy of your font "Dioptioal" or simple "convergent thinking"?
@elmoyenique - I noticed that, too, when I looked at the FontShop tweet-link from Sept 7 (I think that was the one).
omg! seriously awesome!
Interesting, love it
My poor eyes…
Great op-art font! 10/10
I'm dizzy and spinning!
That's fun, not sure how I would use it though... And it is on the verge of giving me a headache...
This is the best font I have seen on here 1000/1000!
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