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Oliver Sogard on Exploring Narratives for Playing Cards

Oliver Sogard on Exploring Narratives for Playing Cards

The founder of dealersgrip discusses how we can challenge the conventional idea of what a deck of cards should be.

Perspective Shift: The Illusions of Jan Dibbets

Perspective Shift: The Illusions of Jan Dibbets

Jan Dibbets concerns himself with illusion and reality as he uses nearly right angles to “correct” recessive perspectives of flatland.

The Prehistoric Art of William Stout

The Prehistoric Art of William Stout

From creating iconic posters like Octopussy to reconstructing a T-Rex, William Stout is one of the most iconic fantasy illustrators living today.

Escape room participants pushing a button

The Art of Escape Rooms: Six Strategies for Success

I design escape rooms and puzzle games for a living, and I love mysteries. With a group of friends, I opened one of the first escape rooms in the United States.

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Cybernetic Art

Cybernetic Art

56 original one-of-a-kind artworks created by Ivan Moscovich in his home studio using an elaborate double-pendulum drawing mechanism of his design.

Misfold kinetic sculpture by Matt Shlian

How to Make Geometric Paper Sculptures

Matt Shlian's work is informed by a technical understanding of the paper materials he molds and manipulates into intricate forms.

Anna Devis painting an avocado

Anna Devís and Daniel Rueda Capture Joyful Mise-en-Scènes

The Spanish artists have spent nearly 7 years turning large windows into hot air balloons, brown hats into avocado pits, and much more into playful illusions.

Inside the Mathemagical Event Gathering 4 Gardner

Inside the Mathemagical Event Gathering 4 Gardner

Gathering 4 Gardner invites people from all levels of education and life experience to explore the interdisciplinary fields of mathematics, art, magic, and puzzles.

Armchair Treasure Hunts

Armchair Treasure Hunts

In this exclusive book excerpt from The Puzzler, New York Times-bestselling author A.J. Jacobs details one of the longest ongoing treasure hunts in the world.

Cluebox Puzzles Pack a Story

Cluebox Puzzles Pack a Story

The Cluebox series captures the escape room experience. Here's how German company iDeventure packs stories into puzzle boxes.