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51 Vertigo-Inducing Design Finds

From Overhead Urban Photography to Optical Illusion Art Works

— August 28, 2014 — Art & Design
Whether playing with one's perception or prompting our worst fears, these vertigo-inducing design finds aim to make a strong visual and emotional impact on one's psyche.

From illusionary daredevil photography to cliff-side architecture examples, these diverse design finds are sure to make one's head spin.

While Op Art has been altering the perceptions of countless generations throughout history, daredevil culture has aimed to make art a reality while inducing some of society's most terrifying fears. Whether you're afraid of heights or light-headed at the sight of spinning and hypnotic imagery, you're sure to remember these captivating, shocking and often vertigo-inducing design examples.

A standout from this list is Nils Eisfeld's 'Stairs' image series that captures various spiral staircases. The photographer's portraits are beautiful and hypnotic, instantly leading one's eye down an imaginary and whimsical rabbit hole.
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Dizzying Bay Bridge Photography
Dizzying Bay Bridge Photography
WordPress Founder Matt Mullenweg Crosses the Bay Bridge Cables
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Heart-Stopping Roof Photography
Heart-Stopping Roof Photography
Ryaboi & Daredevils Take Daring Pictures on Rooftops
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Angular Snakelike Staircases
Angular Snakelike Staircases
The Orange Staircase Connects Six Floors with Its Snake-Like Body
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Urban Speed Cycling Campaigns
Urban Speed Cycling Campaigns
View the Winner's Perspective From the Red Bull Bike Race in Chile
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Suspended Furniture Installations
Suspended Furniture Installations
Brian Goggin Created This Suspenseful Art Exhibitions
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Aerial Stair Climbing Snapshots
Aerial Stair Climbing Snapshots
Jiyen Lee Creates Collages of People Going Up and Down Steps
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Breathtaking Glass Bridges
Breathtaking Glass Bridges
The Glacier Skywalk is Not for Those Who Fear Heights
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Daredevil Cliffside Captures
Daredevil Cliffside Captures
David Clifford Has an Adventurous Spirit Immense Photographic Talent
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Kaleidoscopic Pen Paintings
Kaleidoscopic Pen Paintings
Artist Daniel Eatock Turns Colorful Ink into Symmetrical Works of Art
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Hypnotically Spiraling Staircases
Hypnotically Spiraling Staircases
Nils Eisfeld Captured Staircases Sprialing to the Rabbit Hole
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Kaleidoscopic Areal Captures
Kaleidoscopic Areal Captures
These David Thomas Smith Satellite Photographs Play with Perception
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Sweeping Sculptural Staircases
Sweeping Sculptural Staircases
This Loft by Amore Architects Offers a Dramatic Undulating Stairway
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Hypnotic Orbiting Watches
Hypnotic Orbiting Watches
The Concentra Watch Has a Circular Path to Tell Time
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Towering Building-based Pools
Towering Building-based Pools
The Sky Habitat Structure is Connected with an Aerial Swimming Space
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Radical Cliffside Captures
Radical Cliffside Captures
Jimmy Chin is an Extremely Adventurous Climber & a Great Photographer
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Panoramic Rounded Gondolas
Panoramic Rounded Gondolas
The Air-Leben Provides a Revolutionary 360-Degree View for Riders
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Lofty Fear-Inducing Paintings
Lofty Fear-Inducing Paintings
Fabio Giampietro's 'Vertigo' Convinces You That You're Falling
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Whale Spine Stairs
Whale Spine Stairs
The Vertebrae Staircase is Built of Twisting Modular Backbone Segments
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Aerial Cityscape Photography
Aerial Cityscape Photography
Navid Baraty Photography Explores New York City From Above
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Vertigo-Inducing Carpets
Vertigo-Inducing Carpets
Watch Your Step on This Optical Illusion Rug
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Hypnotic Beverage Branding
Hypnotic Beverage Branding
Bamboozle Wine Packaging Alludes to the Illusion of Infused Flavors
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Stunning Aerial Crane Photographs
Stunning Aerial Crane Photographs
Wei Gensheng Captures the City of Shanghai Like Never Before
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Unsteady Fashiontography
Unsteady Fashiontography
'Off Balance' by Serge Leblon for AnOther Man Shows Models With Vertigo
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Dizzying Stairchitecture
Dizzying Stairchitecture
The Michael Craft House is the Last Home You'll Ever Need to Own
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Cantilevered Reed Staircases
Cantilevered Reed Staircases
Amaral Loft Has a Mesmerizing Means of Ascension to its Second Floor
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Equilibrium Editorials
Equilibrium Editorials
The Mischa Barton Donna Moderna Vertigo-Inducing Photo Shoot
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Hypnotic Timekeeper Concepts
Hypnotic Timekeeper Concepts
The Vertigo LCD Watch Eschews Numbers and Hands in Favor of Spirals
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Vertigo Photography
Vertigo Photography
Todd Lapin Lies About Fake Telstar Logistics Company to Snap Pictures
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Forgotten Staircase Photography
Forgotten Staircase Photography
This Abandoned Staircase Photography is Whimsical and Artistic
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Optical Illusion Reflectors
Optical Illusion Reflectors
These Luxx Mirrors by Samuel Accoceberry Play with Perception
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Balcony Beauty Editorials
Balcony Beauty Editorials
The Eurowoman June 2013 Editorial Stars a LV-Clad Josephine Skriver
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Vertigo-Inducing Street Shoots
Vertigo-Inducing Street Shoots
The 'NYC Intersection Series' by Navid Baraty has a Fresh View
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Daredevil Landmark Photography
Daredevil Landmark Photography
Lucinda Grange Went Great Lengths to Snap These Elevated Photos
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Bird's-Eye Colliery Photography
Bird's-Eye Colliery Photography
The Aerial Views Coal Mining Series Captures Largest Manmade Hole
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Voyeuristic Swimming Pool Abodes
Voyeuristic Swimming Pool Abodes
The Jellyfish House Integrates the Swimming Pool into the Home
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Wooden Strip Staircases
Wooden Strip Staircases
Jouin Manku Designed a Wooden Staircase for a Strasbourg Hotel
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Optical Illusion Staircases
Optical Illusion Staircases
Storage Associati's Disappearing Stairs Have Optimally Placed Beams
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Psychedelic Patterned Illustrations
Psychedelic Patterned Illustrations
This Animalistic Themed Series is Illusory and Hypnotic
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Whimsical Illusion Exhibitions
Whimsical Illusion Exhibitions
Rehberger's Exhibition Features Optical Illusory Sculptures
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Cliff-Hanging Shelters
Cliff-Hanging Shelters
The Visitor's Center by Nuno Ribeiro Lopes Tests Your Fear of Heights
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Sculptural Spiral Staircases
Sculptural Spiral Staircases
Italian Designer Roberto Semprini Creates Stunning Steps
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Surreal Skyscraper Illusions
Surreal Skyscraper Illusions
The Skrapan 3D Street Art Easily Conquers Your Fear of Heights
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Optical Illusion Furnishings
Optical Illusion Furnishings
The Dip Stool by Merve Kahraman
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Never-Ending Spiral Stairs
Never-Ending Spiral Stairs
'Usher Hall' by Speirs + Major Goes M.C. Escher
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See-Through Bathroom Floors
See-Through Bathroom Floors
This High-End Condo in Mexico Has a Glass Floor in the Washroom
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Spiral Wine Cellars
Spiral Wine Cellars
Trap Doors That Lead to a Bounty of Vino Are Perfect for Small Spaces
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Hypnotic Lighting Installations
Hypnotic Lighting Installations
Onion Skin by Olivier Ratsi Explores Concept of Time and Space
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Dramatic Spectral Dwellings
Dramatic Spectral Dwellings
The Rainbow House by Ab Rogers Design is a Funhouse Family Home
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Risky Shanghai Rooftop Photography
Risky Shanghai Rooftop Photography
'On The Roofs' Photograph Hong Kong's Illusive Skyline
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Harmonious Sculptural Staircases
Harmonious Sculptural Staircases
This Sculptural Wooden Staircase Pulls a Space Together
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Vertigo-Inducing Photography
Vertigo-Inducing Photography
Photographer Dennis Maitland Isn't Afraid of Heights
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