Philographics By Genes Carreras

Genis Carreras, A London-based Graphic Designer, Has Created Designs For 95 Philosophical Theories Called Philographics. The Concept Is To Explain Big Ideas In Simple Shapes. He Takes Some Philosophic Movements And Try To Illustrate It In A Minimalistic Manner. It Will Now Be Made Into A Printed Box Of 95 Images, Thanks To A Successful Funding Campaign On Kickstarter.

Explaining These Big Terms And Philosophy Has Always Been Boring Simply Because Nobody Wants To Hear. Genes Carreras Has Made It Easier For Us To Talk Philosophy, So He’s Removing Words All Together And Replacing Them With Pictures In His Postcard And Book Project Philographics. Carreras Takes Classic Thoughts And Envisages Them, Lessening The Homework Of Sophomoric Studies Into Fundamental Colors And Shapes. What Comes Out Are Trifling Yet Witty Illustrations.

Philographics Started Out With 26 Posters And Has Since Grown To 95 Designs And A Highly Funded Kickstarter Campaign That Still Has Two Weeks Until Its End. His First Illustration Was For Determinism, Done When He Had The Initiative To Show The Theory Using Flowing Dominoes. That Flickered The Idea To Make The Project Into A Magazine To Explain Philosophy To A Younger, More Visually Erudite Audience. While Carreras Is A Philosophy Buff, He Realizes Many People Now See The Theories As Outdated Ideas Only Voiced In Speech Halls.

“I Wanted To Make Philosophy Look Better, To Feel More Contemporary And Relevant,” Carreras Says. “For Me Shapes And Colors Are A Way To Communicate, A Way That Can Break Through Language And Age Barriers. As A Graphic Designer, This Is The Only Way I Knew.”

“I’ve Learned A Lot About The Use Of Visual Elements And I’ve Became Very Sensitive With The Semiotics Of Color And Shapes,” Carreras Says. “I Learned That By Using And Abstract Language, The Result Becomes Open To Interpretation And Everyone Can Find Their Own Meaning According To Their Own Knowledge And Experience.”

Carreras Started The Campaign To Fund A Postcard Packet And A Book For The Complete Collection Of Designs, Hoping To Create A Visual Dictionary For Philosophy Terms. It’s His Way Of Making The Project More Open To Everyone, Including Students And Professors Who Might Want To Use The Designs As Teaching Tools. Some Philosophy Critics Might Call The Designs Rudimentary And Oversimplified, But Carreras Says His Goal Is To Get People Talking About These Big Ideas Again Outside The Halls Of Academia.

“For Me The Most Important Thing Is To Make People Curious About The Theories,” Carreras Says. “They Might Learn Something On The Way Too, But I Think People Can React To Color In An Instinctive Way, They Judge It Even Without Noticing It. I Want People To Do The Same With These Concepts—to React To Them Just As Instinctively.” Have A Look At Some Of His Amazing Works!

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