Category Archives: Clever Stuff

Q: Is STEAM Just a Lot of Hot Air?

What do I think? I think the Arts absolutely deserve a seat at the STEM table. No question! The Arts utilize the same critical thinking skills essential for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The difference between STEM and STEAM lies chiefly in the form taken by lessons and products. Unfortunately, many artists/art educators aren’t trained…

Optical Illusions for Ray-Ban by Brusspup – Awesome!

The first video below – Brusspup’s Rubik’s Cube – went viral this year. I know because customers from all over the world who loved and bought Morph-O-Scopes from me at the Ventures Store in Seattle’s Pike Place Market were excited to share the video as “this other totally cool anamorphic thing on YouTube!”  We gushed…

Forgive me, followers, for I have sinned (according to the bible of blog). It has been four months since my last post.

I really shouldn’t feel guilty.  After all, I was having some big life events: a “totaled” car,  near loss of my nonagenarian mom, and my own double hernia surgery (followed by nasty post-op UTIs and two re-injured cervical disks. (Thank you, anesthesiologist!)  Good times. So, yeah, I have excuses. Nonetheless, dear readers, you’ve been in…

Secret Messages

The Ventures store at Seattle’s Pike Place Market often invites me to come demonstrate my eye-boggling optical illusion art & science kits. For customers to see Morph-O-Scopes secret images, their correct viewing angle is essential. Since kids and parents are different heights I raise or lower my demos to give everyone an optimal viewing fun…

Optical Illusion Dance

It’s universal, our delight with things optical illusion. On 8 марта (March 8), International Women’s Day in Russia, these ladies performed a clever little optical illusion number to the delight of the entire audience. Click the photo to see the video. As you can see, each costume is half black and half white.  The left half…

I Wish I Had the Time These Guys Have!

I’d just sit and watch the clock all day! I’m even fantasizing about flying to Dubai to do it. That’s where Stockholm-based designers Bastian Bischoff and Per Emanuelsson are exhibiting this utterly brilliant timepiece during Design Days Dubai 2013. In 2011, Bischoff and Emanuelsson came up with their first optical illusion Clock Clock – “a…

Love in the Shadows

For this woman (and I’m not alone) receiving chocolates and a dozen long stemmed red roses on Valentine’s Day is a total yawn.  So conventional.  No effort involved.  But some lucky gal’s guy (or guy’s gal or guy’s guy or gal’s gal) put real thought into speaking from the heart by creating the clever image…

Love is an Optical Illusion

Ambivalent feelings this Valentine’s Day? Read the black letters then read the pink to see the opposite. Ambigrams are extremely clever exercises in graphic design that play with optical illusions, symmetry and visual perception to create images which can be read more than one way. The Love/Hate example above is by renowned typography artist John…

Early Holiday Gifts from Brusspup

One of my favorite optical illusionists, Brusspup, is at it again with his latest anamorphic tricks.  I understand he shoots photos of simple oblects like those in the photo below, skews the images in Photoshop, prints them, trims the paper, and positions the skewed photos so that, from an exact viewpoint, the image looks 3-D…

And for After All that Sugar – Halloween Skull Art #31

This clever, healthy snack of apple slices, mini marshmallows, and peanut butter… Courtesy of Toms River Dental Care