For my final project, I decided to explore the topic of Op art and an optical illusion. I wanted to find out, if we can achieve similar effect, by coding art that is moving, and by coding art that is a still image, but gives the viewer the impression of movement.
Typically, Op artists used only black and white in order to produce the greatest contrast in their designs, since this contrast causes the greatest confusion for the eye, which struggles to discern which element of the composition is in the foreground and which in the background.
But color was also a focus of attention at times, as in Vasarely’s Plastic Alphabet series (1960-1980). The ways in which color suggests space, and the ways colors contrast with one another, proved fertile areas for experiment.
Feeling inspired, I decided to code my own op-arts.
‘For next week you’ll design a cover for a book of your choice. You can use form, color and typography, but not images. The main constraint is that you need to use a grid system to place elements on the page.’
I’ve picked a book about Beata Pawlikowska’s travel to Amazon Jungle. Decided to create colorful geometrical pattern, which reminds me of colors which amazon tribes use to paint their bodies.