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A Brain-Breaking Typeface Where Every Letter Is An Optical Illusion

M.C. Escher, eat your heart out.

If you like typography and appreciate the mind-bending genius of M.C. Escher, this typeface has no equal: An alphabet made entirely of “undecidable” figures, two-dimensional objects that look like 3-D projections but, on closer examination, are geometrically impossible.

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Frustro is the work of Martzi Hegedűs, a 25-year-old graphic designer at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts who was inspired to create a typeface inspired by Escher. “At the beginning I did not expect Frustro to be used,” he tells Co.Design. “However, I started to make it as a computer font just for the challenge.” He’s now finalizing an OpenType version, which he hopes to make available more widely. Hegedűs has done a fine job of producing perfectly legible letters that still meet the “impossible” criteria.

Proceed with caution–there are 26 characters to challenge your optic nerves, not just a measly Penrose triangle.

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A former editor at such publications as WIRED, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company, Belinda Lanks has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, Interior Design, and ARTnews.

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