Giant Maze by Emily Keller is our latest swag design, available on both cork coasters and baseball tees. Inspired by line-based optical illusions, the design incorporates the Forest Giant mascot in a maze-like formation. We talked to Emily about her inspiration and production process on creating the newest addition to FG swag.
What inspired you to create the Giant Maze?
I wanted to do something that revealed an image within lines. I stumbled upon a series of Instagram posts by Super Deluxe which started me off on an optical illusion path. At first glance, you only see the stripes - but a closer look reveals funny phrases.
I shared the Super Deluxe piece and other related optical illusions with the team; After all our eyes bled, I got the green light to move forward with an FG variant.
Talk a bit about the production process.
In addition to working on the computer, I had to print out a lot of mockups to make sure that the Giant was coming through in the design. I would print the design out, tape it to the wall, and stand back to make sure you could get what was going on. There was a lot of tweaking with the lines - and I had to put my specs on!
Did you run into any challenges?
Yeah, I lost my eyesight for a few days. I had to take a lot of breaks from my screen in order to work on it. All in all, it was a challenging, but fun, creative break!