Philographics: Big Ideas in Simple Shapes

Recently on BrainPickings, we were tickled to come across this clever visual exercise by Catalan-born, London-based graphic designer Genis Carreras.

Philographics: Big Ideas in Simple Shapes (public library) is a vibrant visual dictionary of philosophy, enlisting the telegraphic powers of design in distilling the essential principles of 95 schools of thought into visual metaphors and symbolic representation.

We love how iconic and powerful these eye-catching  graphics are. A strong visual metaphor can summarize even the most complex idea. Ready for a visual refresher in Philiosophy 101?



True knowledge or certainty in a particular area is impossible. Skeptics have an attitude of doubt or a disposition of incredulity either in general or toward a particular object.



An absolute truth is always correct under any condition. An entity’s ability to discern these things is irrelevant to that state of truth. Universal facts can be discovered. It is opposed to relativism, which claims that there is not an unique truth.



The only authentic knowledge is that which is based on sense, experience and positive verification. Scientific method is the best process for uncovering the processes by which both physical and human events occur.



Human beings can lead happy and functional lives, and are capable of being ethical and moral without religion or dogma. Life stance emphasized the unique responsibility facing humanity and the ethical consequences of human decisions.



Knowledge of anything outside one’s own specific mind is unjustified. The external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist.

Not seeing your favorite philosophic view represented above? To view more images, visit Philographics: Big Ideas in Simple Shapes, for more beautiful illustrations on philosophy. There are 95 is total!

Looking at visual strategies in graphic design is one way that we love to pull inspiration. For more insights on past and present visual trends, visit our blog for past entries. Or, check out the fabulous BrainPickings, a great source of creativity to get your mind going.

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