Twisted Font  

Mouse over the word TILT in the image shown.  The alternate font style revealed has a twisty-ropy look, and the word now appears to tilt to the left.

Both fonts used for this demonstration have identical angular sizes, and both are perpendicular to the page.  There is no real tilt.

The design used for the twisted font is the cause of the illusory tilt. The font uses a design which is closely related to the Frazer Spiral; sometimes called the braided, or twisted rope effect.  The Frazer design pulls a set of concentric circles into an illusory spiral; the twisted font puts the kibosh on vertical stability  The Zölner design is another example of the affects of ropyness.


Art: R. Ausbourne

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