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Umm, are you seeing things? (Unintentional design)

Nyla Smith | Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The funny thing about design is that it has to be perceived by people who may have very different perspectives...which opens the door to other interpretations that can sometimes leave you scratching your head.

Well, guess what? This phenomenon isn't unique to graphic design...it's a part of life! Have you ever looked up at a cloud and saw a bunny rabbit, or a horse, or a face? And if you try to point it out to somebody else, they may not see what you see in that cloud...

a cloud with Yoda's face in it
Do you see Yoda?
(photo source)

And if somebody said they ate a pig made out of chicken, would you believe them? Yeah, me either, but this made me look twice:

chicken in the shape of a pig
  Orange chicken from Panda Express
(photo source)

So, the other day, my husband brought home some pears he had picked. I was sorting through them and found something that made me squeal. Yes, I said squeal. And now here I am to introduce you to a new friend of mine.

Say hello to Sammy the Seal! (That's right, I named him.)

pear that looks like a seal face

Can you see it? Isn't he cute!? If you look closely, you can even see him smiling. (Try to ignore the booger in his nose; he's a little sensitive about that.) I'm thinking of making him my mascot.

Gotta love unintentional design!

Nyla Smith is a Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Front-End Web Developer and Consultant with over 12 years of experience. She is the owner of n-Vision Designs, LLC in Hampton, Virginia, which exists to provide marketing support and brand consulting to small- and medium-sized businesses needing creative solutions. Contact Nyla if you'd like to discuss your next creative project. She can usually be bribed to a meeting with a cup of green tea and an oatmeal cookie.
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