This mystifying optical illusion is driving me round the bend

An optical illusion with black dots on a grid of triangles
(Image credit: Jacques Ninio and Kent Stevens / Future)

You may have noticed that we're big fans of optical illusions here at Creative Bloq. Exploring how our brains process different images can offer fascinating inspiration for creative work. But while many of the optical illusions we've seen take a bit of work on the part of the viewer, requiring you to look at them in a certain way, this one is instant and unavoidable.

Look at the image above, and you'll probably see a grid of triangles on which dark dots appear to one side of the image. But we have news for you. Those dots actually appear evenly spaced throughout the whole image. Yes, seriously. Take a closer look (for more bafflement, see our pick of the must-see optical illusions).

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.