Thursday, December 18, 2008

Kinetic Illusions in Op Art

Ouch! This almost hurts my eyes... This is the Ouchi Illusion, a contemporary variation on the Ouchi pattern, by Kitaoka.

Scientific America has an awesome article on how art and neuroscience combine in creating fascinating examples of illusory motion. Check it out: Art as Visual Research: 12 Examples of Kinetic Illusions in Op Art by Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik.

That's Right,


Thanks to Design Observer.

Google + Life Magazine

Portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs posing with Apple II computer. United States 1981, Photographer: Ted Thai

Wow! Google has teamed up with Life Magazine to digitize 95% of their image bank, most of which has never been seen by the public before.

That's Right, millions of photos stretching from the 1750s to the present day are available on Google Images.

Here are a few of my favorites so far...

Bikini clad actress Jayne Mansfield posing with shapely hot water bottle likenesses floating around her in her pool. Hollywood 1957, Photographer: Allan Grant.
Reproduction of painting in chapel of St. Thomas of octopus attacking a ship, reminiscent of the Norwegian mythological sea monster, Kraken. St. Malo, France, 1920, Photographer unknown.

That's Right,