Soft molecular ellipsoids conceived from 3,4-di(dodecyloxy)benzoic acid (DDBA) amphiphile draw attention to monomer structure design, intramolecular -COOH headgroup twist and cyclic-acyclic dimer switching through facial H-bond torsion (ψ). Generically, precipitation in hydrogen bonded systems has been the prime phenomenon once the critical aggregation concentrations were reached in the bulk solution. DDBA was no exception to this generalization. It formed precipitates in chloroform and methanol with no specific geometry but with cyclic dimer motifs in them. On the contrary, surface pressure modulated interfacial aggregation with ellipsoidal geometry followed acyclic dimerization (catemer motif) with various levels of headgroup torsion, established through real-time polarization modulated infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations, that estimated the energy costs for these unexplored pathways. The reaction coordinates and ψ in consonance with 2D surface pressure modulation thus directed the shape anisotropy during the dynamic self-assembly of DDBA. Changes in subphase pH and metal ionic environment had a derogatory effect on the ellipsoid formation, the structural requirement for which strictly followed a stringent need for twin alkyl chains in an asymmetric unit cell, as 4-dodecyloxybenzoic acid (MABA) with a single alkyl chain formed exclusively spherical assemblies with no dimer modulation. The investigation thus reports unexplored energy pathways toward ellipsoidal geometry of the amphiphile in the course of its interfacial aggregation. © 2013 American Chemical Society.