10 September 2009

5x5 Sterling

This pattern reminds me of the logo for Sterling Savings Bank.

31 March 2009

Mastermorphix Sawtooth

The Mastermorphix changes its overall shape when the parts get moved around. This pattern combines shape and color to depict a sawtooth-shaped band that wraps around three sides as shown above.

The bottom side is shown at right. It doesn't look as elaborate as the rest of the puzzle, but it's still rather attractive.

28 March 2009

3x3 Path and Wall

This is an ordinary 3x3 snake-type pattern adapted to the Rubik's Mirror Blocks puzzle (widely known as the Bump Cube). I arranged the heights so it looks like a continuous path from one side, and a wall from the other.

09 August 2008

7x7 Blinky, Inky, and Clyde

Dario suggested I try to depict the four monsters (aka: "ghosts") from Pac-Man on four sides of a V-CUBE 7, but this was as close as I could get. I tried lots of color combinations, but most of them were impossible to make out. With the color scheme shown above you can almost see Blinky (the red one) if you squint and use your imagination.

I couldn't draw Pinky because the V-CUBE doesn't have a pink side. So my pattern ended up with an un-named green monster on the fourth side.

05 July 2008

6x6 Proud Python

This extends the 4x4 Quad Color Python concept to six colors on a 6x6 cube.

03 July 2008

4x4 Quad Color Python

Four colors per side on a 4x4!

This pattern surprised me. My 5x5 Quad Color Python demonstrated 4 is the maximum number of colors per side for a 'python' type pattern on a 5x5 cube due to combinitoric constraints imposed on the centers and middle-edge pieces. I later reproduced the pattern on a 4x4 by just eliminating the center string, yielding the 4x4 Tricolor Python pattern.

While exploring how the pattern might be extended onto a 6x6 cube I realized I had overlooked a better implementation of the pattern on the 4x4. Instead of eliminating the center stripe I moved it and replaced one of the edge stripes. The picture at right compares the 4x4 and 5x5 versions of the improved 'python' pattern, showing that the sides of each cube have the same four colors although they appear in a different order.

30 June 2008

6x6 Cube in Cube in Cube in Cube in Cube in Cube

This is a straightforward expansion on the common Cube-in-Cube pattern. I tried to arrange the colors carefully so the same colors wouldn't touch each other at the edges, since this tended to make the pattern look like a broken spiral. Every side has all six colors.