Behold, the optical illusion book we never knew we needed

An image from a book about optical illusions in graphic design
(Image credit: Counter-Print)

We're fascinated by optical illusions here at Creative Bloq, and we find them regularly distracting us from the more serious business of reporting on company rebrands and new trends in graphic design. So imagine our excitement when the independent publisher Counter-Print announced the launch of a book dedicated to optical illusions in graphic design.

Optic highlights the impact of optical illusions on graphic design by inviting contemporary graphic designers to revisit the Op Art movement and rediscover its influence. And it's packed with example projects (see our own pick of the best optical illusions for more inspiration).

An image from a book about optical illusions in graphic design

Designers and agencies discuss graphic design projects that involved optical illusions (Image credit: Counter-Print)

But Optic also goes back further, exploring how the craft of making optical illusions began way before the advent of Op Art in the 1960s, taking influence from the work of 19th century Neo-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat and painter and sculptor Marcel Duchamp.

Divided into sections such as Periodic Structures, Interrupted Systems, Relief, Impossible Objects, Diffusion, Illusory Contours, Proximity and Isometric Illusion, it's packed with example forms and techniques, plus interviews with the likes of Abby Haddican, Daughter, Toko, Classmate, Mainstudio, Manifiesto, Study LLC., Burrow and Parker Studio.

An image from a book about optical illusions in graphic design

The book is packed with example optical illusion forms and techniques (Image credit: Counter-Print)

"As graphic design continues to evolve, the use of optical effects remains a timeless and captivating aspect of the field,” Counter-Print says. "With this book, we aim to provide a comprehensive study of optical effects in graphic design, enabling readers to discern the various forms and harness their creative potential."

The book has been published with three covers. Each comes with a disc that creates an optical illusion when spun. It can be ordered from priced at £25. See our pick of the best graphic design books for more inspiring titles.

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at 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 photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.