We featured a post last year about ambiguous metal sculptures that can be created using photographs of your own face. The sculptures can either look like two faces looking at each other, or a vase (or candlestick if you have a look at the post referenced above). The design is based on psychologist Edgar Rubin’s […]
Many organizations incorporate some sort of optical illusion or other deceptive element into the very logos that they build their identity around. For example, did you know that the FedEx logo includes a hidden graphical message? The white space between the E and the X is an arrow pointing to the right. This arrow is […]
In the early 20th century, psychologist Edgar Rubin developed the figure-ground vase (also known as Rubin’s vase). This ambiguous figure can be interpreted as either a vase or two faces looking at each other. Metal Portraits, a company based in Suwanee, Georgia, has taken the figure-ground vase concept to an entirely new level by creating […]
What word do you see below? Do you see one word or two words? There are two distinct words, that happen to be polar opposites of one another within this figure-ground ambigram. Perhaps the word that you see first says something about your personality or current state of happiness.
When you look at the following ambigram, do you first see FACT or FICTION? Or do you see another word? Oftentimes, it seems like the two are indistinguishable. The designer of this work, Michigan State University professor Punya Mishra, ponders: “The question is… is that fact and fiction or is it making a meta statement […]
Can you locate the words “figure” and “ground” in the figure-ground ambigram from Gianni Sarcone below? If you need a hint, one of the words is written in uppercase letters and the other in lowercase letters. Visit Gianni Sarcone’s site on Cafe Press to purchase a wide selection of unique merchandise featuring his optical illusion […]
Two words with opposite meanings coexist in the same space in the following ambigram from Michigan State University professor Punya Mishra. Do you see both interpretations? This type of image is known as figure-ground ambigram. The concept of figure-ground refers to the cognitive ability to separate and process an image based on contrast (such as […]