Rotating Faces / Vases Optical Illusion

Ambiguous,Video 10 April 2014 0 Comments

Rotating Faces / Vases Optical Illusion

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 […]

Logos That Are Also Optical Illusions

Ambiguous,Hidden Objects 5 September 2013 1 Comment

fedex logo optical illusion

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 […]

Figure-Ground Illusion Scupltures

Ambiguous 1 April 2013 0 Comments

Face or Vase

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 […]

Love by John Langdon

Ambigrams 5 September 2012 0 Comments

Love by John Langdon

What word (or words) do you see below?

Fact / Fiction Ambigram

Ambigrams 6 June 2012 1 Comment

Fact / Fiction Ambigram by Punya Mishra

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 […]

Figure-Ground Ambigram

Ambigrams 24 May 2012 0 Comments

Figure-Ground Ambigram by Gianni Sarcone

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 […]

Good / Evil Ambigram

Ambigrams 3 May 2012 0 Comments

Good-Evil Ambigram by Punya Mishra

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 […]