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Dioptical

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by Em42


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An optical trick applied to my Escaptionist fontstruction.
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26 characters, 3270 downloads
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Tue, 23rd September, 2:13 AM 2008
Last Edit:
Mon, 29th June, 5:09 PM 2009
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Discussion

Em42
Em42 Sun, 21st December, 2008

Click the image for more samples.

Click the image for more samples.

thalamic
thalamic Sun, 21st December, 2008

Excellent, you magician, you!


anonymous
anonymous Sun, 21st December, 2008

That is outstanding Em42. Amazing job.


kix
kix Sun, 21st December, 2008

wow. this is an unbelievable great work!


afrojet
afrojet Sun, 21st December, 2008

Diabolical! I want to wallpaper my bathroom with it.


icare
icare Sun, 21st December, 2008

oh... my eyes...
I try this whith colors...


Em42
Em42 Mon, 22nd December, 2008

Thanks for your comments!

@afrojet: why the bathroom? :)


jmarquez
jmarquez Mon, 22nd December, 2008

Very nice work!
Not easy on the eyes, specially on screen, but must look great on paper.


afrojet
afrojet Mon, 22nd December, 2008

@Em42: Because its smallness of size would amplify the effect. Which I imagine to be, like a boxing match between claustrophobia and vertigo.


geneus1
geneus1 Tue, 23rd December, 2008

Mindbending, Em! I can't stop staring at it. I'm hypnotized! How do you make it stop?


Em42
Em42 Tue, 23rd December, 2008

@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...


Giac5000
Giac5000 Tue, 20th January, 2009

INCREDIBLE FONT!
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?


Em42
Em42 Wed, 21st January, 2009

@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?


verdeviola
verdeviola Tue, 27th January, 2009

cool!! OMG my eyes....

how can you fill in the empty space?


leo.borelle
leo.borelle Tue, 27th January, 2009

Genious!


anonymous
anonymous Fri, 30th January, 2009

very good.


Em42
Em42 Mon, 2nd February, 2009

Thanks for the comments!


cayo
cayo Mon, 2nd February, 2009


klinkhart
klinkhart Tue, 3rd February, 2009

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....


Em42
Em42 Wed, 4th February, 2009

@Cayo: thanks!

@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! :)


xenius
xenius Sat, 7th February, 2009

Oh my god. Simply amazing


Dollydaydream
Dollydaydream Tue, 10th February, 2009

That's insane! I almost didn't see the letters at first, then I was like "wait a sec..." haha. good work!


narani
narani Fri, 13th February, 2009

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!


narani
narani Fri, 13th February, 2009

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!


Em42
Em42 Fri, 13th February, 2009

@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...


beate
beate Sat, 21st February, 2009

That's a verry nice font
Ça fait tourner l'esprit! C'est magique
db


emepar7
emepar7 Sat, 21st February, 2009

Really impressive. I humbly request a "thinner" version with more white space between the lines for increased visibility at smaller sizes.


Em42
Em42 Sun, 22nd February, 2009

@Beate: Merci!

@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! :)


BALSECA
BALSECA Sun, 22nd February, 2009

Nice try of "Victor" Font http://www.gestalten.com/fonts/detail/?id=be0db8100e909556010ee783163e000e&path=fonts.experimentalfonts&count=15


jmarquez
jmarquez Wed, 25th February, 2009

@Em42 & Balseca

Another case like Enanitos VS Satriani VS Coldplay ?

http://bluetypo.com/site/experimental/type-directors-club-2009/

One of the winners of the TDC2 2009

@Em42 & Balseca
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<br/>Another case like Enanitos VS Satriani VS Coldplay ?
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<br/>http://bluetypo.com/site/experimental/type-directors-club-2009/
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<br/>One of the winners of the TDC2 2009

Em42
Em42 Wed, 25th February, 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. :)


jmarquez
jmarquez Wed, 25th February, 2009

I understand.
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. :)


afrojet
afrojet Wed, 25th February, 2009

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.


antonie
antonie Tue, 3rd March, 2009

@em42 I think you're looking for the word synchronicity... horrible to read the font, but intriguing nonetheless...


cloud4197
cloud4197 Tue, 3rd March, 2009

Make it go away! evil genius!


emepar7
emepar7 Wed, 4th March, 2009

Would you mind if I shamelessly applied this technique to my Agora font?


Em42
Em42 Fri, 6th March, 2009

@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!


eamonnfoy77
eamonnfoy77 Fri, 13th March, 2009

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?


Em42
Em42 Sat, 14th March, 2009

@Eamonnfoy77: I'm sorry but you can use this font for personal use only and no commercial use is permitted. Thanks for asking.


kits
kits Mon, 23rd March, 2009

great job...


assono
assono Tue, 21st April, 2009

Excuse me, but what is the stroke weight that you used in order to create this awesome font?

:D


Em42
Em42 Wed, 22nd April, 2009

The only one available in FontStruct! ;-)


WhoaNellie
WhoaNellie Mon, 27th April, 2009

Ohhhh nice! I have Vista 64 bit and this is the only font I have trouble downloading. Any suggestons?


bdhirsch
bdhirsch Tue, 5th May, 2009

This is the only font I'm unable to download as well ('Font Generator Error').


kix
kix Wed, 6th May, 2009

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...


Em42
Em42 Wed, 6th May, 2009

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.


Axel Leyer
Axel Leyer Tue, 12th May, 2009

Incredible what you did here, a perfect op-art style font!
It moves!


Em42
Em42 Mon, 18th May, 2009

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!


atomy
atomy Wed, 20th May, 2009

YAY


Machoman
Machoman Tue, 9th June, 2009

you are cool and plese vote for
my Fontstruct bbecause i download
youre Fontstruct


whdh
whdh Sat, 20th June, 2009

i can't seem to be able to use it on photoshop. hmm


whdh
whdh Sat, 20th June, 2009

i can't seem to be able to use it on photoshop. hmm


eing6888
eing6888 Mon, 22nd June, 2009

Thx for awesome job.


ukwarboy
ukwarboy Tue, 23rd June, 2009

does anyone know if there any similar fonts to this that can be used in commercial project?


Em42
Em42 Mon, 29th June, 2009

@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.


Em42
Em42 Mon, 29th June, 2009

House42 used the font to create artwork for the Skineskin laser-engraved leather covers for Moleskine notebooks.

Click below for more images.

House42 used the font to create artwork for the <a href="http://www.skineskin.com">Skineskin</a> laser-engraved leather covers for Moleskine notebooks.
<br/>
<br/>Click below for more images.

geneus1
geneus1 Thu, 2nd July, 2009

Very cool product, Em!


Em42
Em42 Thu, 2nd July, 2009

Thanks Gene! :)


mguerrero
mguerrero Fri, 3rd July, 2009

Hello EM42, I like your leather cover. Congrats!


mmester
mmester Fri, 21st August, 2009

how to create empty space? just lines.. no letter


elpoderdelasideas
elpoderdelasideas Wed, 23rd September, 2009

ELPODERDELASIDEAS


Em42
Em42 Sat, 26th September, 2009

Dioptical is featured in the book Type Fontbat.

Dioptical is featured in the book <a href="http://www.bnn.co.jp/books/title_index/material/type_fontbat2.html">Type Fontbat</a>.
<br/>

Kaiserresidenz
Kaiserresidenz Fri, 16th October, 2009

Real interesting


toastedbutter
toastedbutter Wed, 28th October, 2009

amazing concept! great work ^_^


ew.
ew. Sat, 7th November, 2009

omg HOW DID YOU DO THAT?


SusanDotWilson
SusanDotWilson Wed, 2nd December, 2009

Mezmerizing and brilliant. Truly obsessive. Sadly, tried to download and suitcase says it's corrupt... :`(


gferreira_admin
gferreira_admin Wed, 2nd December, 2009

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.


Brucewest85
Brucewest85 Tue, 26th January, 2010

Omg my eyes!!!


ssaamm
ssaamm Fri, 29th January, 2010

It burns! AGGH!
This font is diabolical!


Font Fiend
Font Fiend Sat, 30th January, 2010

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.


natsukilove2
natsukilove2 Fri, 19th February, 2010

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.


alessiofont
alessiofont Mon, 5th April, 2010

I CANT SEE THE LETTERS SCARYYY:çL:::


chet_webley
chet_webley Wed, 14th April, 2010

that's brilliant! given me some mad ideas :o)


znamenskiy
znamenskiy Wed, 21st April, 2010

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


t-o-t-o
t-o-t-o Sat, 12th June, 2010

MAN!! the first time i see this font


enclavesix
enclavesix Tue, 15th June, 2010

excellent! can't wait to apply it to my designs.


randumb
randumb Thu, 1st July, 2010

HOLY MOTHER OF PEARL! This is amazing!


jeffreyzhangds
jeffreyzhangds Thu, 8th July, 2010

Fantastic font.

Now, how do I extend just the lines?


bobbyinsane
bobbyinsane Fri, 16th July, 2010

Superb Imagination.


Romeo Figueroa
Romeo Figueroa Tue, 20th July, 2010

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!?


20three
20three Fri, 23rd July, 2010

just a quick question, but how does one fill the blank space in between words with lines as well?


gudiex
gudiex Tue, 27th July, 2010

GOOD WORk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://salchichadepelolargo.tumblr.com/


kimkingkong
kimkingkong Tue, 3rd August, 2010

great


ishikarc
ishikarc Mon, 9th August, 2010

amazing


calculatron
calculatron Thu, 9th September, 2010

you should add a space character that continues the lines


Em42
Em42 Thu, 9th September, 2010

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.


Upixel
Upixel Fri, 10th September, 2010

the concept is so simple that's why the font is so GREAT.

From my perspective...this is a masterpiece!


bastaman08
bastaman08 Fri, 17th September, 2010

GREAT JOB!!!!


shericanzon1
shericanzon1 Sun, 26th September, 2010

fantastic FONT!


LessNoch
LessNoch Mon, 27th September, 2010

Waw... Absolutely stunning!


CaptianOlimar
CaptianOlimar Mon, 18th October, 2010

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!!! :(


truth14ful
truth14ful Wed, 24th November, 2010

No numbers? o well great font


ExtremeFontMaker
ExtremeFontMaker Mon, 6th December, 2010

Hi, this is so AWESOME. Just how do you type text with it?


avidartist
avidartist Mon, 17th January, 2011

wild!


Ossy
Ossy Thu, 20th January, 2011

Wow! I Am downloading This!!!


asup759
asup759 Mon, 31st January, 2011

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?


asup759
asup759 Mon, 31st January, 2011

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?


Ghosthunt1
Ghosthunt1 Wed, 2nd February, 2011

AHHHH! MY EYES! MY EYES! Cool font, anyways.


alexbuechel
alexbuechel Thu, 10th February, 2011

Holy crap this just about messed up my eyes, its fantastic


quickker
quickker Sun, 17th April, 2011

foahh!


AnmlstcBhvr
AnmlstcBhvr Tue, 17th May, 2011

Good job, man! Thanks for sharing!


Diaton
Diaton Mon, 30th May, 2011

Thanks for the impressive font !!
0_o

@_@


FK.
FK. Wed, 7th September, 2011

สุโค้ยยยยย


BARAHONA COAST
BARAHONA COAST Wed, 28th September, 2011

just fantastic!!!!


təмqlətoи
təмqlətoи Tue, 25th October, 2011

AMAZING! Thanx for sharing.


Impl0x
Impl0x Tue, 25th October, 2011

I seriously screamed "Whoa!" when I realized how it worked. Amazing job!


IoOAL3XOoI
IoOAL3XOoI Fri, 28th October, 2011

Thank you for sharing!!

really good!


jacobdeleon3000
jacobdeleon3000 Thu, 1st December, 2011

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...

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...

jacobdeleon3000
jacobdeleon3000 Thu, 1st December, 2011

Hmm... without numbers, the 3000 is like the "300" on the movie "300" So, here it is...

Hmm... without numbers, the 3000 is like the "300" on the movie "300" So, here it is...

OblivionFont
OblivionFont Sat, 3rd December, 2011

lol this hurts my head lookin at it...Dioptical is diabolical! xP


smartass
smartass Sat, 7th January, 2012

This is a great font! Perhaps sort of useless, but endlessly entertaining.


Jenze123
Jenze123 Sat, 7th January, 2012

My eys hurt, when I'm trying to figure out the letters from your works.


Tsuser
Tsuser Sat, 14th January, 2012

Works superb on Windows XP™.


dungorthb
dungorthb Mon, 13th February, 2012

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?


qazqwer27
qazqwer27 Sat, 3rd March, 2012

O.O


DarciPeeps
DarciPeeps Mon, 30th April, 2012

only uppercase?


djnippa
djnippa Sun, 10th June, 2012

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. [url=http://a2-type.co.uk/html/eyeslies.html]Eyes Lies[/url] was designed in 2004!
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djnippa
djnippa Sun, 10th June, 2012

Looks like someone got there before you. Eyes Lies was designed in 2004!

Looks like someone got there before you. <a href="http://a2-type.co.uk/html/eyeslies.html">Eyes Lies</a> was designed in 2004!

elmoyenique
elmoyenique Mon, 10th September, 2012

Please, look at this for a minute: This is a copy of your font "Dioptioal" or simple "convergent thinking"?

Please, look at this for a minute: This is a copy of your font "Dioptioal" or simple "convergent thinking"?

Goatmeal
Goatmeal Mon, 10th September, 2012

@elmoyenique - I noticed that, too, when I looked at the FontShop tweet-link from Sept 7 (I think that was the one).


mandythepandy
mandythepandy Thu, 20th September, 2012

amazing :0


pixiedust
pixiedust Sun, 30th September, 2012

omg! seriously awesome!


TanGan
TanGan Sat, 3rd November, 2012

Interesting, love it


Wolf Lambert
Wolf Lambert Wed, 12th December, 2012

Genius!


perassanna
perassanna Sun, 23rd December, 2012

wow !


winty5
winty5 Sat, 29th December, 2012

My poor eyes…
Great op-art font! 10/10


jphturtle
jphturtle Fri, 11th January, 2013

I'm dizzy and spinning!


Kradrling
Kradrling Sun, 10th February, 2013

That's fun, not sure how I would use it though... And it is on the verge of giving me a headache...


IEatRaindows
IEatRaindows Mon, 15th April, 2013

This is the best font I have seen on here 1000/1000!


udayofthefonts
udayofthefonts Mon, 23rd June, 2:15 PM

cooool how d'ya do that?!


dyneryzen
dyneryzen Tue, 22nd July, 1:13 PM

Hello... does this font have punctuation marks? mine din't come with any :(