“Swimming Koi” Scanimation Table / Rug Illusion

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“Swimming Koi” Scanimation Table / Rug Illusion
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Extremely clever trick from designer John Leung, who’s put a coffee table with an optical grill on top of a rug patterned with a few “hashed” frames of a simple, looping animation. The net result? As you move around the room, the patterns on the rug, viewed through the table, appear to move. Dude Craft has a great “scanimation” tutorial that demonstrates how to make images of this type. [Thanks, Matt Mets!]


6 thoughts on ““Swimming Koi” Scanimation Table / Rug Illusion

  1. collegiatehandy says:

    Very cool!

  2. Anonymous says:


  3. animbar says:

    There is this open source software animbar (http://animbar.mnim.org) that lets you create your own ‘Scanimation’-like animations easily.

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