“You do not confine people with a highway. But by making highways, you multiply the means of control. I am not saying this is the only aim of highways, but people can travel infinitely and “freely” without being confined while being perfectly controlled. That is our future.”

(Gilles Deleuze, “What is the Creative Act?” in Two Regimes of Madness: Texts and Interviews, 1975–1995, p. 322).

“Listen, I’m a doctor. Last night, when you were all asleep, I replaced your memories artificially. Try and remember something, it didn’t happen. Your recollection is entirely synthetic. Mine, too. I’m not a doctor, I…


White supremacists following a rally in Georgia, 21 April, 2018.

Sexuality resides in bodies. It resides in assemblages of bodies. Looking carefully, sexuality lodges itself in the gaps between people. Not as the glue holding us all together, but as the pervasive force permeating us all. Ever since Sigmund Freud published his first paper, sexuality has been at the heart of things. Its modi changes temperaments and zeitgeists; Dionysian excess, Victorian repression, and late-stage capitalist demarcation.

After the event of the Toronto van attack, the repression of sexuality garners interest once again. The term incel has surfaced to the brink of mainstream awareness. No longer will one find it in…


Jake Paul (left) and Logan Paul (right).

When two people dominate media to the extent Logan and Jake Paul do, it reveals something. It reveals aspects of ourselves and our society that we may not understand, nor even want to understand. Cutting through the noise of endless videos and scathing reactions to them becomes more valuable than previously.

It it important to diagnose. To keep track of our condition as humans, and to lay bare what is happening at the most fundamental levels of ourselves. What imbues our Western culture and what imbues our most intimate relationships. Amidst the controversy, I hope this piece will say something…


Artwork of “新しい日の誕生” by 2814, 2015.

This is going to sound absolutely insane to some of you, but hear me out. I think businesses all around the world can learn quite a lot from the aesthetics of microgenres. Don’t get too caught up in the artwork up there just yet; hear me out.

First of all, a micogenre is a genre that’s niche or specialised in its appeal. They’ve been around for decades and some of them are anything but niche nowadays, e.g., post-rock. …


Talking about future trends is exciting and worthwhile. However, I think the demise of trends deserves some attention, too. If you remember the end of 2016, you know how people just couldn’t shut up about cinemagraphs. They were mentioned as the new big thing in graphic design, trying to bridge the seemingly endless gap between static and moving design.

But have you seen them around lately? How come they don’t crop up everywhere by now? I mean, all the other predicted trends are here; wild, flailing typography, attention-grabbing SoMe patterns, gradients, and bold, loud colours. Where did the cinemagraph go?


Creating a visual identity is a new think piece series in which I explore and highlight people who create interesting branding strategies. Today, the focus is on BROCKHAMPTON’s single releases.

If you follow hip hop closely, you’ve probably heard of the rap … ahem … boy band called BROCKHAMPTON. They are one of the most talked about alternative rap groups, following collectives like Clipping and Death Grips. There’s a lot to cover in BROCKHAMPTON’s releases from a designer’s perspective, and it’s difficult to know where to start.

So, let’s start with a distinction. In my view, their releases can be…


A collage I made showing off anti-design and text repetition.

So, Taylor Swift’s artwork for her new album Reputation is out. What is the most striking about the artwork is how it strives to replicate the newspaper aesthetic and how it’s seemingly a comment on Taylor Swift’s treatment in the media.

However, there is a bigger trend at play here. There’s actually two trends present in the piece and we need to talk about them.

As Philip VanDusen explains, text repitition is incredibly in right now. Just look at this “Vroom Vroom” poster by Sunda Studio, or this “Faust Bücher” poster. The typographic designs look as if the same word…

Simon Obirek

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