Our top 10 optical illusions of 2021 will make your head hurt

2021 on an optical illusion background
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What a year it's been, and we're not talking about the C-word. From the rise of the metaverse to the Nintendo Switch, it's been a jam-packed 12 months full of innovation, creativity and of course, optical illusions. That's right, over 2021 we saw so many perplexing optical illusions, so many in fact, that we've decided to narrow them down in this roundup of our favourite mind-bogglers of the year. 

While we haven't included the official the Best Illusion of the Year (yes, there's an official contest), we still have several brilliant designs that we guarantee will blow your mind. And if you fancied your chances at winning the competition next year, why not check out our guide on how to create 3D optical illusions?


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♬ Spongebob - Dante9k

You’ve probably never seen this color before... #womeninstem #voiceacting #science

♬ Blade Runner 2049 - Synthwave Goose

♬ HEART - Pistol Shrimp

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Amelia Bamsey
Staff Writer

Amelia is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After completing a degree in Popular Music and a Master’s in Song Writing, Amelia began designing posters, logos, album covers and websites for musicians. She now enjoys covering a range of topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, optical illusions, logos (she's a particular fan of logo Easter eggs), gaming and illustration. In her free time, she relishes in the likes of art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites), photography and literature. Amelia prides herself on her unorthodox creative methods, her Animal Crossing island and her extensive music library.