Another one for Graeme!
Graeme asked me to make a maze with the word BURGER in the middle. It’s based on a design he sent me.
Click here for the solution!
The Stanley Hotel hosted a competition to design a maze for their front courtyard. I submitted an entry, along with 328 other peeps.
I don’t think the winning design is much of a “maze”, but I agree it’s prettier than my version (partly by brightening the colors given in the key).
Runner up (ahem)
I met Jeremy who also submitted a maze! I like his designs a lot:
Happy U is happy if you can travel from dot to dot.
Here are two mazes for the price of one! In each case, they are drawn on paperboard called “shikishi” (色紙) in Japanese. In each case they have their own permalinks.
This reminds me of the traveling salesman problem, but is nothing like that.
Use each pair of teleports while traveling from one dot to the other, but while traveling conventionally, don’t cross any black lines or your own path.
Using the same start, end, and initial lines, I drew this while listening to Andreas M. Antonopoulos educate the Senate of Canada about Bitcoin.
Start at the start and end at the end!
I drew a few straight lines and considered making a mirror maze, but have no way to easily measure the angles to make sure they’re precise. So I abandoned the mirror concept and just drew in some other lines.
This maze was hand drawn on 色紙, white paperboard with gold trim.
Travel between the lines from dot to dot.
When I was little, I learned that HI could be read as HI if turned 90 degrees.
When I exported the ellipses and ribbons maze, I had the what background layer invisible, but didn’t notice for some reason. Here’s the maze as originally designed:
Though the ribbons and parallel paths may look like they pass over and under each other, this maze is designed to be purely flat.
There’s a very simple way to solve it, and a more complex way to solve it. Either way, the path does not cross any dark lines.
jack> How about having the maze start point be on the upper left corner. 3 exits can be on each corner, with the fourth right in the center, hopefully a large square in the center.
jack> Please use many rigid, straight lines and many 90 degree angles.
I don’t know which is the start, but the connections are in the spoiler!
I made this maze with lots of pointy angles instead of smooth curves. Sometimes life plays hardball. Curves coming next week!
Start from one dot and go to the other dot. Top left to bottom right is easier than the other way around.
Click the spoiler to see 20 steps how this was made, including the solution!
The basic pattern for this maze was taken from a game level I made for a guy I met online. I hope to do some cross-promotion with his work and mine!
This maze is quite easy no matter which way you solve it. One way is just very circuitous!
Click below for the wrong way to go!
I recently saw a ten second tutorial on how to smooth lines in Gimp.
I used it to smooth the lines in this maze. The start and end points are in the upper right corner.
There are times that I want to make mazes with one-way portions, and I recently figured out a way to do so that would kinda make sense without saying much.
Here are the first lines I drew for Crowded Mouse
In February, I titled the image “over there” as in where to go when solving the maze, but it looks so dense as I post it now that I prefer the name Crowded Mouse.
Zazie was the first person to give me coins on http://dogeparty.io/ 10,000 CUTE!!!
I started this maze while on the train with Lin to Paola and Jon’s house. Start at one of the small dots and travel to the other dot, using teleportation points as needed.
I'll draw anyone a maze for 10,000 Stellars! Offer good until 30 September 2014. @StellarOrg
— Weekly Mazes (@aMazeaWeek) August 5, 2014
Travis had an interesting idea for a promotional tool: a business card creator! He made one at FabCafe in Shibuya based on this design.
This took a while to create. I started with a maze that followed a grid and then curved all the curves smoothly with meticulous cutting and pasting of quarter circles. I don’t know if there’s a faster way to do it with Gimp, but Travis was able to recreate something like this much more quickly with Illustrator, I think he said.
If you follow the paths without turning sharply, it’s relatively difficult to travel between the white nodes that are diagonally opposite each other.
This maze uses a tiling technique that makes for interesting patterns and slightly faster maze-making. However, it makes the making so easy that the solving is too difficult for me personally. I use flood fill to make sure it’s solvable.
Oh, and it’s called Comedy because I was watching Dave Chappelle and Louis C.K. when I made it.
I have no idea why I called this Circles, but the interior jagged lines were created by creating a relatively tight grid in Gimp and telling the cursor to follow the grid.
The start and end points are on the right, near the top.
This one started with the big empty shapes and then I added the angular border. I had been planning to do something like Enlined Shapes, but ended up doing almost the opposite.
Travel from one dot to the other.
I made this maze while Takumi and Mikarin were at our house. Takumi seemed the most interested, though I wasn’t able to explain *why* I was drawing it.
Help Aba follow the paths to reach Shamana!
It my first maze after I learned how to use the paths tool a bit more effectively.
This is one of the first mazes I made after learning how to make seamless tiling in Gimp. Offset layer is magic!
Curl of a cat tail at the bottom and two ears at the top?
Try to get from one ear to the other.
Mr Big and Mr Small are friends. Mr Big lives in a cabin by the lake, raising goats. He has bears to help herd the goats and act as bodyguards. Mr Small just does whatever Mr Small likes.
In this maze, follow paths straight until you reach a big or small circle. Then you can choose the next path to follow. Starting from a white-dotted dot, can you follow straight paths and alternately stopping at small and big dots?
Follow black lines from the ball near the center to the ball in upper left corner.
Travel along the constellation lines from upper left to lower right, or vice versa!
For my friend Sabina, who suggested making a maze with teleportation points.
Travel along white paths between the large circular shapes on the left. Arrival at an endpoint allows teleporting to any other same-colored endpoint.
Follow white paths from circle to triangle or the other way around!
Available as a poster on Zazzle.
Help the dot find its way out.
Go in from the outside to help the dot find its way out.
Travel from dot to dot between black lines.
Travel along white paths from one dot to the other.
Though a bit more challenging to go from one dot to two dots, it’s easy to go from two to one in this maze because of the way the splits are pointed.
I started with a blank slate and finished this maze before I realized I hadn’t saved it once.
Start from a dot and go to any other dot. Discuss if adjacent dots count.
This isn’t a maze, but it reminded me of a whistler that my brother Fred might recognize.
Happy Birthday, bro. Have you solved the maze I made for you last year? hahaha
Thanks to Travis for giving me this idea!
Travel along the thin lines from one anchor square to each of the others.
Buy a poster of this maze on Zazzle.com!
Lines change from black to white and back again depending on the surrounding color. There are a few protrusions which may be used as start or end points. Enjoy exploration!
Follow black lines from top left to bottom right or the other way around!
There’s only one dead end. Try to get from there to the center of the other circular shape.
I figured out a reasonable way to draw the optimal path solution for my mazes.
(That’s a hint for how to solve this maze!)
Travel from one dot to two dots, without crossing any lines.
Named after the lake near which we stayed when I drew it, this maze is solved by traveling from the area with one dot to the area with two dots, by way of the area with three dots.
Travel from any of the dotted areas to any of the others.
If you’re feeling chipper, visit each of the dotted areas in sequential order.
Without crossing any lines, travel from the arrow to the dot.
Though these might look like noodles, for this maze, they’re not. There are targets near the upper and lower right hand sides of the maze; follow paths between them.
Follow the paths from one circle to the other.
Happy Day After Your Birthday, Colleen!!
Travel from one bulb in the cortex to the other, and then come to Japan!
Which two of the seven dots are most remotely connected?
From the top right spiral to the bottom right spiral, only via gentle curves.
The four dots in the corners are linked via white paths, some more easily navigated than others.
A simple maze anyone can solve!
Two mazes this week: In both cases, travel from the dot in the center to the outside.
Take your time with the second one
Travel from inside the circle to the outside.
Easiest maze ever to finish out the year!! Follow the black paths from one white square to the other.
Much easier than last week, but subtly related to that maze. Can you see how?
Near the top, there are two dots. Travel from one to the other.
Good for a windy day, a windy maze! Travel from dot to dot.
Following black lines, get from one spot to the other.
Starting with some half heart curves, this maze developed on its own.
Go from one dot to another.
Follow white paths from one spot to the other.
Which one of the three squares in not accessible from the other two?
Following black lines, travel between discs in upper right and lower left corners.
Following white lines, find your way from one side to the other.
Can you find a path from the center to the outside, traveling only in a clockwise manner?
I’ve been quite busy at work recently, very unbalanced in my “work-life balance.”
Soness sent me this image recently, thinking of my mazes, and sending quite a clear message at the same time.
It doesn’t *exactly* solve the work-life balance equation, but it’s something like a maze and I use it as my acknowledgment that I did *not* create a maze to post today, Tuesday, now Wednesday in my timezone.
Work should be far less insane starting now, and for the foreseeable future, I plan to publish my own mazes every Tuesday, at least!
Travel on white paths from one colored dot to another.
Though very easy, this maze is impossible to solve with a common technique that is supposed to be able to solve any maze.
The technique: trace along one wall until you reach the end.
(click on the maze for a larger version)
Not a maze with a start and end, but with a question of how few loops need to be cut to release all of them?
These curvy noodles have two points in them. But is there a point to the points? Do they look like an animal? An owl maybe? Or a cat?
From disc to disc
Follow white paths to go from one ring to the other.
From the disk at top right to the disk near bottom center, using the black lines as paths.
This simple maze was made to be easy, so includes something like a B, something like roman numeral 2, and it’s easy!
For July 7th, this maze features seven spirals. Help the ball visit all seven spirals on its way out of the maze.
This maze features perhaps three distinct puzzles, each of which start at a black disc and end at the other.
Easy: use teleportation stations (jump to any other identical symbol) using only black noodles.
Not as easy: use red or blue noodles as well, but not both.
Harder: use teleportation stations in all three colors of noodles.
From arrow to arrow to arrow.
My friend Michael John Grist suggested a maze with teleportation sites. That sounded pretty fun to me, so here is my first version. Start at either of the large black dots and make your way to the other. The paths cross under and over each other. colored circles are teleportation stations. Jump to any other same-colored circle.
The maze is pretty easy that way, so I arranged it so we can use all the teleportation stations exactly once (either coming or going) and still solve the maze.
Fred requested a maze that has multiple layers.
For this maze, start in the top left or bottom right, where the 1/4 visible discs are located. Wait until paths open up between the circles and make your way to the other disc.
This maze is for my brother Fred.
“Piled Higher and Deeper” logo by Jorge Cham
For my mom, for her birthday.
I don’t know if it really counts as a maze, but it’s hand drawn with love (and post-processed with Gimp).
Help the blue disc get out of the maze via the exit to the right.
Simple at first, this maze becomes a bit dizzying after a bit!
Another of the mixed path variety, this maze may be a bit more difficult than the previous one. Go from one heart to the other. Paths cross under other paths when surrounded by dark areas.
This maze tries to mix two types of paths: normal paths, and what I call “noodles,” or paths that cross over and under other paths.
Paths become noodle paths when they are surrounded by thick black areas.
Try to get from the circle to the diamond, or the other way. There are several viable paths; can you find the shortest?
Without leaving the safety of the shelves, get from one arrow to the other.
Help the ball in the lower right corner explore this circuit board until you get the message.
Though an extension of the hexagon theme, this is a normal maze. Get from one ball to the other.
I just enjoy looking at this pattern. Nevermind that it’s a maze!
To solve it, the pawn can jump over colored bars, landing in adjacent hexagons with each jump. The catch is that the pawn must jump over colored bars in the sequence indicated by the key in the bottom.
Welcome back, Roy G Biv! Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet… finishing a few repetitions, you can jump across violet and out of the maze onto the ball in the lower right.
After scanning this maze, I decided the red and orange bars looked too similar, so I used gimp to fill in the red bars with a brighter red color.
How many triangles can you visit without visiting any triangle twice?
This maze is for Lin.
Start and end at the arrows near the bottom middle, using the flower at the top to change between black and white paths.
How few triangles can you cross when traveling from dot to dot?
The upper portion of this maze was drawn by hand; try to get from one big bulb to the other. Paths cross over and under one another.
The lower portion of this maze is much easier to solve, and was much easier to draw. Most of it I did with gimp, as I toyed around with selections and bucket fill. Find a path from one big circle to the other. Paths go under the upper maze.
This is my first attempt at a 3D maze-like thing. It can’t be solved in 2D as below, but you can print it out, cut along the outer blue lines, and with a little thoughtful folding and glue, you can have a 3D path wrapped around a paper cube!
After a chat with my friend Patrick, I decided to use gimp to make a maze. I didn’t really know what to expect, but I hoped it would allow me to easily make something that looked like a drawing done with CAD. I don’t think it did that, but it pretty handily duplicated a complicated pattern into a 2 x 2 quadruple pattern which I tweaked to make a relatively difficult maze.
Go from one dot to two dots, or the other way around, as you see fit.
The center of this maze started as an experiment in a new way to draw a maze. It seems to have worked out nicely!
Go from arrow to arrow to arrow, repeating as desired.
This is a maze for Karen!
To solve this maze, we recall ROY G BIV, the abbreviations for the color names (in English) of a rainbow.
Start with the red line on the left hand side, and trace it to a connected orange line. Follow this to a connected yellow line, then green, blue, indigo and violet, as in the key in the bottom left of the maze. Following the pattern twice, I can reach the violet line on the right hand side of the maze. Can you?
I used gimp again for this maze, wanting to use slight variations of repeated patterns to make a complex-looking maze actually be a bit complex.
S and G stand for Start and Goal, or Go and Stop, as you prefer. The circles are just cosmetic.
This piece started with a bunch of right angles drawn on the page, all in one of four different orientations, hence the word “aligned” in the title. I then drew lots of curves to connect the right angles until they were all used up and a maze had appeared!
Try to get from one dark ball to the other. There are two distinct paths that I’ve found.
I offered to make a maze for my friend Greg Mullinax after I accidentally overlooked an email he had sent. I asked how difficult he’d like it to be.
Clearly it needs to be extremely accurate so that my gps works
and so devilishly difficult that i need a gps.
I hope this fits the requirements. There are dots in opposite corners; try to get from one to the other.
We were trying to think of good names for this. Soness suggested along the lines of “angles” and I joked that we could call it “angels” in an apparent misspelling, like “from all angels.”
For this maze, go from one black triangle to the other, using the black lines as paths.
This maze was named after the lighting I used when drawing it, out on the balcony here in Chigasaki.
I’m publishing it on a non-Tuesday because it was already published online, available at this permalink: http://art.robnugen.com/sm11
Fred decided he solved it by navigating between the two adjacent dots, but I think one might be more satisfied by going from the solo dot to the pair of dots.
Perfect for April Fools’ Day, this maze turns out to not be a maze! If it were, one would try to get from one arrow to the other, staying within the white paths…
Can you explain why it’s not possible? Leave a comment!
Watch this space for a maze each week!