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Alex KnezoBy Alex Knezo
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Alex KnezoBy Alex Knezo
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About

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INTRODUCTION

The DIURNE Typeface allows you to choose your preference for location, date, and time in order to receive a customized font designed just for you. By drawing inspiration from the movement of the sun in relation to an exact location on the Earth to create unique shadows, the letters that make up the typeface can be adapted with solar tracking data to almost any place and time.

Hello, and thank you for taking interest in DIURNE. My name is Alex Knezo, and I’m a designer based in Tokyo, Japan. 

I am seeking your assistance and support in creating a new typeface that is the first of its kind: one that can be individualized, for you to have ownership of the letters you type which are tied to a moment you cherish. 

Click and drag to see a possible version of DIURNE
Click and drag to see a possible version of DIURNE

WHAT CAN DIURNE DO FOR YOU?

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. Each time you write with DIURNE or someone reads your typed message, that moment is celebrated.

A PERSONAL MEMORY

These special occasions are different for everyone. DIURNE can help you celebrate a loved one’s birthday, a wedding or anniversary, or a fond memory of a vacation spot. These moments can be private and only known to you or celebrated with everyone such as with an invitation to a wedding.

A BUSINESS MATTER

Your place of work may also need to commemorate a specific moment in time. Maybe your bakery needs signage for its daily bread, you desire unique branding solutions for your company, special text for negotiations or agreements, or you’d like to recreate your logo by using the DIURNE shadow treatment to create a series of logos or a motion graphic that changes throughout the day.

A HISTORICAL EVENT

People around the world also recognize important events that have gone down in history. Events like the fall of the Berlin Wall or Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech appear in pamphlets, textbooks, and museums; all places where DIURNE has the ability to write about historic events in a customized way with a specific shape for each.

A GIFT

Words and what we say to each other often have deep and meaningful connections to the people we love and care about. DIURNE can help share the love through a gift of not only what is written, but how they look for the occasion. Think of how your cherished one will feel on Valentine's Day or other holiday, a birthday, or any personal secret moment that only the two of you share.

These uses and many more can be thought of and mixed and matched together with the different rewards below. 

Over the course of a single day, the weight of the letters changes as the sun rises from Superbold, to Regular, to Ultrathin at midday and then back again as the sun sets.
Over the course of a single day, the weight of the letters changes as the sun rises from Superbold, to Regular, to Ultrathin at midday and then back again as the sun sets.
Knezo Design Studio’s standard logo (top) and options for a new logo and branding for Knezo Design Studio after being processed with the DIURNE system for the date and location it was established. Motion graphics logo also available.
Knezo Design Studio’s standard logo (top) and options for a new logo and branding for Knezo Design Studio after being processed with the DIURNE system for the date and location it was established. Motion graphics logo also available.

WHAT IS DIURNE?

The word ‘diurne’ comes from the French word for diurnal, or during the day: the exact opposite of nocturnal. As each character of DIURNE is formed by a shadow related to the sun’s position, the characters can only be formed when the sun is present in the sky making the typeface itself also diurnal. 

For each person, time and one’s experience of it is different. With Kickstarter, I hope to give each of you a font to use that is unique as your daily experience. With a pledge of $25, you’ll receive a font for a predetermined time and location, and for at least $100 you’ll get an individualized font for your own choice of time and place. 

Physical prototype to test the shadows of the walled structures of DIURNE letters
Physical prototype to test the shadows of the walled structures of DIURNE letters

DIURNE HISTORY

Although Alex’s projects include a variety of disciplines, forming a system of design for each project is central. By creating systems of design, an entire project becomes easy to update, to customize, or to add changes. For DIURNE, the sun’s path in the sky governs the system of the typeface.

Each shadow depends on 3 main components - Location, Date, and Time
Each shadow depends on 3 main components - Location, Date, and Time
Path of a single letter’s shadow as it moves over the day. The shadow moves like a sundial and stretches in the direction of the path’s edges.
Path of a single letter’s shadow as it moves over the day. The shadow moves like a sundial and stretches in the direction of the path’s edges.

Much like a sundial, as the sun travels through the sky, the shadowed letters change form. The letters start as long, extended shadows in the morning, begin to shrink until midday, and then lengthen as night approaches. Likewise, changes in the time of year and location on the earth result in different sunlit hours in the day and angles of the sun respectively. By allowing users to choose their own inputs, they create their own custom letter-shaped shadows.

Resulting styles from the same location and date, but different times of the day
Resulting styles from the same location and date, but different times of the day
Resulting styles from the same location and time, but different days of the year
Resulting styles from the same location and time, but different days of the year
Resulting styles from the same date and time of day, but different locations
Resulting styles from the same date and time of day, but different locations

The characteristics defining DIURNE’s base shape can be based on certain aspects of existing typefaces. The subject of this Kickstarter, a serif typeface, is the first iteration of DIURNE to be made available.

SO HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR CHOSEN FONT WILL LOOK LIKE?

With a font that can change its appearance with an almost infinite combination of inputs, it is hard to know exactly what will result. There are some general rules that you can apply to help determine what your choices in location, date, and time will do to the font's final appearance.

LOCATION – changes in the shadow's angle

Typically, shadows around the Earth vary more greatly with changes in latitude (North / South) than that do than with longitude (East / West). Shadows nearer to the pols have more exaggerated and steeper angles.

In each block of the chart below, compare the steep angles of the A at the top and bottom rows to the shallow angles of the A in the middle row.

DATE – changes in the available sunlit hours

As the Earth is on a tilted axis of about 23 degrees, the length of the day changes over the course of the year. In the winter, shorter days result in quickly changing shadows. During the longer days of summer, shadows change slowly over the course of the day. These changes, like the angles of the shadows, become exaggerated closer to the north and south poles. 

In the chart, compare the number of hours in the same row of each block of the chart. The grayed zones mark hours of darkness.

Additionally, some places in the polar caps have periods of extreme day and night, even prolonged periods of 24-hour night or day which cause problems with the solar tracking software. As a result, it is best to choose a location outside of these areas (from 67° S to 67° N).

TIME – changes in the shadow’s length

The most easy to see changes come during the different times on the same day. Shadows are longest when the sun is lowest in the sky (at sunrise and sunset) and become thin and almost invisible when the sun is at the highest point in the sky, at solar noon. 

In the chart you can see the different changes in the length by looking at a single row of any block of the chart. 

HOW TO USE THE CHART TO GET AN IDEA OF YOUR FONT 

The chart below offers a very general idea of what letters will look like. You can see if a given location, date, or time will produce a bold or thin letter and get an idea of what kind of angle will be produced. 

To use the chart, decide the closest month to the date of your desired moment and find the appropriate block. Next, round the latitude value of your location to the nearest 20° and find the corresponding row. Last, choose the closest hour of the chart to your moment’s time. Both year and longitude are temporarily ignored as they will not have as great an effect on the font as the other factors.

Chart showing some of the effects of date, time, and location on the shape of letters.
Chart showing some of the effects of date, time, and location on the shape of letters.

REWARDS

$1 – THANKS - Every bit of assistance helps. Pledge $1 or more and get my sincere appreciation

$5 – SPECIAL THANKS - With a $5 pledge you’ll receive a wallpaper image and message from me using the DIURNE typeface

$12 – MOVING MESSAGE - For $12 you will receive a custom made GIF showing a message of your choice using DIURNE over the course of the day. Messages will be limited to 20 characters and can be chosen from capital and lowercase A-Z, the numbers 0-9, !, and ?. You can choose one of three backgrounds: Sunrise to Sunset, Kickstarter Green on White, or White on Kickstarter Green. For each additional GIF, add $10 to your pledge.

$25 – PICK A MOMENT (STANDARD) - Choose one of 3 premade DIURNE fonts from locations around the world: a regular weight from New York City on the date of the opening of One World Trade Center on November 3, 2014, a thin weight from Tokyo marking the opening of the Tokyo Tower on December 23, 1958, and a bold weight from Paris commemorating the opening of the Eiffel Tower on March 31, 1889. This reward is for a single user desktop license of DIURNE. For each additional font or license, add $20 to your pledge.

Choose one of three premade styles of DIURNE
Choose one of three premade styles of DIURNE

$45 – PICK A MOMENT (INTERNATIONAL) - Need to type in another language? Choose one of 3 premade DIURNE fonts (Regular - New York, Thin - Tokyo, or Bold - Paris) with the international character set. This reward is for a single user desktop license of DIURNE. For each additional font or license, add $40 to your pledge.

$75 – WORK A MOMENT (STANDARD) - Want to use DIURNE for a commercial project? Choose one of 3 premade DIURNE fonts (Regular - New York, Thin - Tokyo, or Bold - Paris) with the standard English character set. This reward is for a single commercial license of DIURNE. For each additional font or license, add $65 to your pledge. 

$135 – WORK A MOMENT (INTERNATIONAL) - Working in a language other than English? Choose one of 3 premade DIURNE fonts (Regular - New York, Thin - Tokyo, or Bold - Paris) with the international character set. This reward is for a single commercial license of DIURNE. For each additional font or license, add $120 to your pledge.

Typing samples for each of the three premade DIURNE styles - Regular, Thin, and Bold.
Typing samples for each of the three premade DIURNE styles - Regular, Thin, and Bold.

$100 – PICK YOUR MOMENT (STANDARD) - Have a memory of a special place or time? Need a font to mark a certain event? Choose your own moment and have your own custom-made version of DIURNE with your specific location, date, and time. This reward is for a single desktop license of DIURNE with the standard English character set. For each additional custom font or license, add $90 to your pledge.

$180 – PICK YOUR MOMENT (INTERNATIONAL) - Want to use another language to type about your special memory? Choose your own moment and have your own custom-made version of DIURNE with your specific location, date, and time. This reward is for a single desktop license of DIURNE with the international character set. For each additional custom font or license, add $165 to your pledge.

$300 – WORK YOUR MOMENT (STANDARD) - Want to commemorate a special moment in relation to your work? Choose your own moment and have your own custom-made version of DIURNE with your specific location, date, and time. This reward is for a single desktop license of DIURNE with the standard English character set. For each additional custom font or license, add $280 to your pledge.

$540 – WORK YOUR MOMENT (INTERNATIONAL) - Work with clients who don’t speak English? Choose your own moment and have your own custom-made version of DIURNE with your specific location, date, and time. This reward is for a single desktop license of DIURNE with the international character set. For each additional custom font or license, add $520 to your pledge.

$1500 – CHOOSE THE NEXT DIURNE STYLE - Is a serif font not your style? Want something different with a more script-like or digital appearance? Work with the designer to develop the next DIURNE style. You’ll get 2 commercial licenses for the moments of your choice using this new style with the standard English character set. For each additional commercial license (for a new weight or moment), add $280 to your pledge.

$1500 – CUSTOM LOGO - Have a logo for your business or personal mark that you would like to get the DIURNE treatment? Work closely with the designer to create a moving logo matching your existing style or something slightly new. Two commercial licenses of DIURNE with the standard English character set are included. For each additional commercial license (for a new weight or moment), add $280 to your pledge.

Breakdown of the different pledge packages.
Breakdown of the different pledge packages.

STRETCH GOALS

CONTINUE THE WORLD TOUR! With the Kickstarter campaign, DIURNE is already made available with 3 premade fonts for New York, Tokyo, and Paris. Should the project reach $5000, I will open up a new location and font weight. 

First on the list is a superbold DIURNE font from San Francisco marking the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge on May 27, 1937.  

As the project continues, and if there is continued success, I will add more stretch goals. If you have any ideas for the next stop on the tour, make a comment about it! 

Examples landmarks from possible stretch goal locations around the world!
Examples landmarks from possible stretch goal locations around the world!

SCHEDULE 

While the exact schedule depends on the overall number of backers, the ideal schedule is illustrated above.

Schedule Details: 

Backer Survey – Backers will be asked to complete a survey to determine their desired GIF message, premade font, or customized font 
Design Phase I – Backers who chose GIF and Wallpapers will have their choices designed and distributed Design Phase II – Individual Custom-made Fonts will be designed and distributed. The exact length of this period depends on the number of backers. Design Phase III – Discussion and design for backers who pledged for custom Logos or New Styles of DIURNE. Phase duration may vary for each backer based on comment and feedback period 

ATTRIBUTION

Solar Data for DIURNE is calculated using Heliotrope by Slate Shingle Studio which has been made available for use under Creative Commons.

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Risks and challenges

While I have created a variety of projects before, each one comes with its own problems. DIURNE's method and system of design is streamlined as much as possible, but with customized rewards for backers, some issues may occur. The most possible of these is a slight delay in my proposed schedule due to number of backers.

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