This impossible font will play tricks on your eyes

Impossible font

This unusual font was inspired by an optical illusion

Considering that fonts are usually designed to make words easy to understand, it's surprising to learn that typography doesn't have to be readable. This new impossible typeface design is the latest to push legibility to its limits.

Created by French Art Director Robin Gillet, the geometric design behind the Impossible Font was based on a famous optical illusion called the impossible triangle. Just like the triangle, this font only works as a graphic and is impossible to realise in real life.

Gillet explains that the font is designed to be used mainly as a drop cap, or a header accompanied by a clearer sub-heading underneath. Due to be released for download soon, you can get a preview of the font with the images below.

Impossible triangle

The font is based on the impossible triangle

Impossible font

The Impossible Font is designed to be used as a header

Impossible font

The whole font will be available to download soon

Impossible font

This font is impossible to realise in real life

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Dom Carter

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.