Unbelievable 100-year-old font can be read both backwards and forwards

The bi-directional typeface
(Image credit: Scott H Perky/ Future)

It's not every day we stumble across innovative fonts that are over 100 years old, but this typeface from 1909 has certainly sparked our interest. This special font can be read both backwards and forwards.

At first glance, the typeface looks like something straight out of one of the Zodiac killer's letters but the bizarre design certainly isn't as sinister, and is far easier to decipher. The font that can be read forwards and backwards was designed by Scott H Perky, and is said to help "lessen fatigue" and "consequent headache" by helping to keep the brain stimulated. Each letter in the typeface has a vertical line of symmetry that makes it legible backwards. If you are looking for some font inspiration, then make sure you check out our roundup of the best free fonts.

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Amelia Bamsey
Staff Writer

Amelia is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After completing a degree in Popular Music and a Master’s in Song Writing, Amelia began designing posters, logos, album covers and websites for musicians. She now enjoys covering a range of topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, optical illusions, logos (she's a particular fan of logo Easter eggs), gaming and illustration. In her free time, she relishes in the likes of art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites), photography and literature. Amelia prides herself on her unorthodox creative methods, her Animal Crossing island and her extensive music library.