Philographics is a collection of posters explaining complex philosophical theories through basic shapes. A practical, light, fast and accessible visual guide to philosophy powered by curiosity.
Philographics is a visual guide to philosophy created by Genis Carreras, a London based graphic designer. His way of presenting marxism, dualism or the other 46 theories is so refreshing. If I would have seen these posters ten years ago I would have probably be more interested in philosophy. It just makes so much sense! I guess the fact that I am more of a visual learner would have something to do with everything.
To find out more, I approached Genis with some questions to see his point of view on this project.
Who is Genis Carreras?
I’m a 25 years old graphic designer from Catalonia, currently based on East London from where I have my studio and I do some freelance and personal work.
What motivated you to create Philosophy? What inspired you?
Graphic design is all about delivering a message and the good thing about creating a personal project is that you can choose what do you want to talk about. I’ve been interested in philosophy for a long time and I found it interesting to mix it with my other passion, design. The project started as a set of 9 designs explaining 9 different theories, that later became a set of 48. I’m currently working hard to publish a book with about 100 theories that wants to be a visual guide to philosophy. Back to your question, I’m strongly inspired by the swiss graphic design from the sixties.
Why this subject? Why philosophy?
Because philosophy and graphic design might seem opposites: one is theoretic, heavy, slow and complex; the other is practical, light, fast and accessible. I guess I was curious about how the theories would take shape as graphic forms. It turns out that the designs not only look nice but they can also help to understand some of these ideas.
Why this visual style?
I do believe that less is more and that’s why I decided to use only basic shapes and colour to explain the theories. Simplicity allows people to project their own thoughts in order to complete the design, while colour can be eye-catchy and beautiful, and, at the same time, communicate sensations and moods.
Looking at his designs and the thinking behind it, you can’t do anything else but admire.