Philographics is all about explaining big ideas in simple shapes. I started the project 2 years ago with the intention to merge the world of philosophy and graphic design, and it has since received some internet popularity. In the beginning it was a set 24 posters, explaining philosophical theories like Dualism, Free Will, Existentialism or Idealism using only shapes and colour. But so many important ‘isms’ were left out that I decided to add more designs to the collection.
Today the project consists of 95 designs, each of them depicting a different 'ism' using a unique combination of geometric shapes, colors and a short definition of the theory. I’ve spent the last 6 months working full-time on this project in my studio in Dalston, London with the goal of creating an image for each of the world’s most important ‘isms’ and putting them all together in some sort of visual dictionary of philosophy.
After adding more than 70 new designs, I’ve been exploring different ways to release the whole series as a product. The result is the following two products:
The postcard box is a compilation of 95 different philosophical theories printed as standard postcards, so you can hang them on your wall, send to a friend or keep in your bookshelf. Lithography printed in London on a nice 350gsm card.
The book will consist on the same designs but in a larger format, ideal for teachers or students of philosophy, design book addicts and pretty much anyone interested in learning some new isms. The book prototype shown on the picture and video is a paperback, but the final product will be a quality hardcover book. (Update: all the books sold on Kickstarter will be SIGNED by me!)
The book will now be also available as an eBook: check the £10 pledge (Note: the reward says it will be sent on May 2014 but this is a mistake: it will be sent to everyone on May 2013)
What people say about Philographics?
"I am completely fascinated by this poster series explaining complex philosophical theories through basic shapes." — Swissmiss
"It takes the Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 28,250 words to explain the woolly concept of relativism. It takes Genis Carreras 32 words and a single image. If you ask me, he doesn’t even need the text." — Co.Design
" (...) remarkable visual eloquence in his Philographics project." — BrainPickings
"(...) delightful basic shapes and colours that make our eyes and brains happy." — Lost at E Minor
"The resulting graphics are perfect in their colorful and elegant simplicity." — Grain Edit
Why do I need your help?
Both products are ready to be produced but I can’t do this alone. Getting your book published, especially if it’s something as specific as this project, is very hard and I’ve found a lot of closed doors on my way. Now is the chance of making Philographics a reality with your pledges! Stay in touch for updates and join me on this exciting process.
I would like to mention all the people involved in this project, specially Chris Thomas who wrote the definitions for each theory; Martin Amor and James Smith for their advise and direction; David Bingley for printing and helping me with the prototypes; and finally Gerard Puigmal, the photographer behind the pics and part of the video of this Kickstarter project.
Risks and challenges
The main challenge will be to reach the £15,000 target. Both books and postcard boxes will be printed on demand once the project ends and they will be shipped by 15 days. The target, then, is the minimum amount of orders I will need so I can offer the products at a reasonable price. It is very hard to compete with big publishers because of the large numbers they handle and the fact that they print and produce most of the books in other countries where it's cheaper. Philographics will be printed, bound and assembled in London, and will be packed and shipped carefully one by one.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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