Dazzle Feb 24, 2009


I’ve posted about Razzle camouflage multiple times in the past; 1,2 and 3 previous posts.

Now the RISD Fleet Library has an exhibition and lecture series on the WWI camouflage.


“Razzle dazzle” was a form of camouflage used by the US and UK during WWI. Its intent was to cause miscalculation in estimation of the ship’s speed and direction. The visual rangefinders of the time were easily fooled by the contrasting and overlapping geometric patterns. The markings of such camouflage have since then made their way into different forms of artistic expression. Now I’m not sure that artists pulled from ‘razzle dazzle’ as a form of precedent, but the similarity is striking. Here is a beautiful image of such camouflage patterns. Unfortunately, there were no color images of these war ships.

  • http://zlogblog.com Zlog

    I really like this. It would be cool to do a bus wrap like this.

  • http://theradavist.com prolly

    Koons did a yacht! in the Penguin pattern.


    A buss / subway would be rad. Been trying to figure out how to do a bike. Maybe a disk wheel?

  • wilis

    Awsome. An oversized aluminum frame wold be cool as well.

  • jim

    someone designing for penfield usa liking the razze dazzle…


    got this a few months back. not the best quality jacket, but i had to have the pattern.

  • jeff

    No color images? Thats a shame. I remember my grandpop tellin me about these!