knezo design studio releases a new and customizable way to type knezo design studio releases a new and customizable way to type
sep 15, 2015

knezo design studio releases a new and customizable way to type

knezo design studio releases a new and customizable way to type
all images courtesy of knezo design studio




to tie the important moments in our lives to the words we type, knezo design studio created ‘diurne’, a customizable and always changing typeface that incorporates the specific place, date and time into the font. each character is formed by the shadow related to the sun’s position, making it possible for the words only to be formed when the sun is present in the sky. this corresponds to the typeface’s name ‘diurne’, that comes from the french word diurnal, meaning ‘during the day’. the shadows move through a range of varying angles, thicknesses, and lengths giving individuality to each font.

knezo design studio diurne
different styles can be created over the course of a single day



‘diurne’ relies on a system of design based on the motion of the sun, leaving room for a variety of styles to be created using the same steps. while the first iteration is a serif font, a different input to the system can yield different styles, such as sans serif, script, digital, and more.

knezo design studio diurne
sample text in three different weights: normal, thin and bold



we each have times in our lives which hold a special meaning. ‘diurne’ attempts to celebrate these moments by giving a subtle and meaningful way to remember them. the moment is forever engraved and celebrated each time you write with it or someone reads your typed message.

knezo design studio diurne
physical prototype of ‘diurne’

knezo design studio diurne
path of a single letter’s shadow as it moves through the day

knezo design studio diurne
resulting styles from the same location and date, but different times of the day


knezo design studio diurne
resulting styles from the same location and time, but different days of the year


knezo design studio diurne
resulting styles from the same date and time of day, but different locations

knezo design studio diurne
chart showing some of the effects of date, time, and location on the shape of letters



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


edited by: juliana neira | designboom

  • Nice, Knezo Design Studio is always turning our interesting stuff

    kentique says:

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