Optical Illusion Wordplay: Ambigrams

Optical Illusion Wordplay: Ambigrams

Ambigrams. Rotate the art 180° and it still reads the same! Remember the Angels & Demons logo for Dan Brown’s book and film? John Langdon created it. John and I met 15 years ago when we were both exhibiting at a big trade show in New York City.  We were...
Deception. It’s All in Your Point of View!

Deception. It’s All in Your Point of View!

Joseph Egan and Hunter Thompson are first year Graphic Design Communication Students currently studying at Chelsea College of Art & Design in London. Exploring the relationship between graphic design and architecture, they learned about master artist Felice...
How Cracker Jack Changed My Life

How Cracker Jack Changed My Life

August 1950. A magical month for 8 year-olds at the Jersey Shore. We got 25₵ each day to spend anyway we wished, on comic books (10₵) or candy or games at the arcade! Our best fun adventure, though, was crawling under the boardwalk to find fallen treasure –...
Anamorphosis Smarty Pants!

Anamorphosis Smarty Pants!

Gutsy enough to send  corrections to a dictionary or encyclopedia? What do you think of people who do? Are they just “smarty pants”? Well, meet Smarty Pants Me! Decades ago I sent a note to  Webster’s New World Dictionary about their strangely illustrated abacus.  As...
The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix and Mozart reconstructed

The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix and Mozart reconstructed

Graphic artist Erika Iris Simmons works in wonderfully unconventional media. She likes to take things- random things –  like you would find at a garage sale or in a thrift store – and make them into composite art. “Most of my pieces become portraits...
Ooooh, Take Me Out to the Ball Game Fence

Ooooh, Take Me Out to the Ball Game Fence

Optical illusion lovers, there’s a delightful surprise behind Seattle’s Safeco Field ballpark. If you’re beside the chain link fence, it looks like someone randomly shoved ping pong balls into spaces. But seen from a distance, the fence merges into an ingenious...
How Optical Illusions Saved a Maryland Community

How Optical Illusions Saved a Maryland Community

In Frederick, Maryland, there is a bridge painted with trompe l’oeil murals and slant art.   I visited the bridge to see its optical illusions. I came away with the story of its creation – a profoundly moving tale of community achievement. In early 1993,...
Wait! Watch Your Step!

Wait! Watch Your Step!

This mind blowing PhotoShopped image was sent to me by a friend who shares my passion for optical illusion art.  I Googled the photo credit and was blown away (fortunately, not like the guy below) by Worth 1000’s creative photo contest entries. Check ’em...
Flowers and Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Flowers and Hearts for Valentine’s Day

“Yuan yang” is a typical Hong Kong beverage mix of tea and coffee, and also a symbol of marriage and love. Sculptor Tsang Cheung-shing united both concepts in an ingenious ceramic work in which tea and coffee poured from separate cups flow together in a...
Lights and Shadows: Illusions of Love

Lights and Shadows: Illusions of Love

Sunday evening, I joined my dearest friends for a sense-sational candle-lit birthday dinner at Salty’s overlooking Elliott Bay. Seattle skyline party lights rippled across gentle waves. Reflections of our candle flames and balloons danced in the dark picture...
Toy Inventor’s Blog Serves First Course: Stove-top Illusions

Toy Inventor’s Blog Serves First Course: Stove-top Illusions

As Chief Morphology Officer at OOZ & OZ, I have decided to create this blog to share with you my passion for mirror art and toys and other optical illusions. Optical illusions, inventive images, mind-challenging toys thrill and fascinate me. They tickle my gray...