Impossible objects are 2D images which our brains try to interpret as 3D images, and this incongruency creates an optical illusion. After looking at the figure or details, however, their impossibility becomes apparent. Here’s a link with more information about impossible figures.
I decided to create a series of designs using these optical illusions, and you can see a random sprinkling of these products below. I have also included a link to the full product line of each design, so feel free to explore them fully.
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Impossible object No.1 – Triangle.
The impossible triangle is the most recognizable impossible shape, and the impossibility of the figure is most easily seen in this figure. I decided to create a large triangle and color it in orange and blue. The design looks a bit different on black or white, but you can also customize the background color in the Zazzle store. This is a simple, geeky design, which will draw attention and interest as well as look neat.
Impossible triangles pattern.
Moving further with the impossible triangle theme, I decided to create a colorful pattern that would look cool and also have a layer of geometric geekiness beneath it. The design was created by alternating columns of triangles in 2 different color combinations. One warmer row features impossible objects in orange and yellow, and the other one in shades of blue. This has been a very popular design on my store.
Impossible triangles overlapping.
I decided to create a piece that included impossible triangles, but on a different way. This design features 2 impossible triangles overlapping over a yellow background. This creates a larger shape with interesting overlapping areas and an edgy, catchy overall look.
Nested impossible triangles.
Finally, I decided to create a design variation featuring many nested impossible triangles. The impossible shapes vary in hue and size. As they get closer to the center, the apparent 3D shapes become brighter and more vivid, except at the very center, where tones of gray are used.
Impossible objects No.2 – Square.
Moving forward on the impossible objects series, we find the impossible square. I had not seen this shape so often as the impossible triangle, and decided to something about it. The impossibility of building the figure is a bit less apparent in the square, so I decided to really accent this incongruity using colors. The yellows and the grays combine in such a way that it is easy to see that something is “off”with the figure.
Impossible squares pattern.
Again, I decided to create a pattern from the impossible shape. In this case, the pattern is much more subdued than in the case of the triangles. It features alternating impossible squares, colored in:
- Blue and orange shades
This creates a nice, repetitive pattern which also includes subtle accents.
Impossible shape No.3 – Blue hexagon.
The final impossible shape in the series is the impossible hexagon. It looks like a bent ring, and you have to explore it a bit more to see the impossibility in it. The impossible hexagon is colored in gradual shades of blue, going from light blue to dark blue. This creates a perception of depth and a clear 3D feeling in the picture. It is simple, yet it immediately draws attention and feels balanced and complete.
Let me know what you think of these impossible object designs on the comments section 🙂