Brand new SoS cards!

Brand new SoS cards!

Thank you, Fake Science. If only this’d been part of my Nobel application, things would’ve turned out differently.

Thank you, Fake Science. If only this’d been part of my Nobel application, things would’ve turned out differently.

SUBMIT, SUBMIT!

Hi everyone.

Compiling examples of satire is as much fun as explaining a Far Side comic over the phone to your elderly aunt. BUT SOMETIMES IT MUST BE DONE.

Look, I know you guys are all funny. And I also know you swipe funny and satirical images left and right as you visit the vast, dark corners of the internet. So I’ll get straight to the point:

I need you, and I need those images for this ridiculous undertaking of mine.

If I dropped to my knees and begged, would you be able to spend just a few minutes scouring your hard drive for anything you think might fit the bill? I’d be forever grateful—rest assured I’ll find an amazingly cool way to repay you.

Feel free to email me at scienceofsatire at g mail dot com, or simply click on the Sumbit Satire! link at the top of this page.

YOU’RE THE VERY BEST, YOU KNOW THAT?

//Jason


Satire’s a very special beast—as a rhetorical device, it must adhere to a few basic principles in order to be effective. Satire requires a target, an audience, a healthy (if self-righteous) moral code and a great big heap of plausible deniability. While humor and wit have each been taken on as topics before, there’s surprisingly little written about satire in the graphic arts. Next to nothing exists for graphic design itself. 
Even more scarce in the literature is any sort of generative model for satire in design. Something to show working designers how to do it. The historical examples might stand on their own, but finding basic principles and usable techniques that can help guide the modern, conceptual design process? Nothin’.
By the end of it all, this will be a unique, 200-something page tome-of-knowledge-slash-textbook that no thinking designer should be caught dead without. Or at least have just within reach, should the need arise, somewhere on their shelf. Maybe the upper left. That sounds nice. For the moment, the working  title is The Science of Satire, as you can see above. Thing is, I plan on dissecting this stuff and putting it all back together like a good scientist should, so we’ll just have to see. 
Mind you, this is still in the creation phase, and there’s lots of research and writing left to do. So, I really should ask: Do you know satire? Are you an expert? Are you a designer that would love to see such a thing exist? Do you want to be friends? Do you know someone who’d just love to talk to someone like me about something like this? Do you know someone who’d be the perfect interviewee about satire in design or maybe even satire in general? Lemme know, or feel free to send an email to scienceofsatire at the gmail dot com place.
In this phase, I’m reaching out to expand my horizons. Any leads you might have… any insight or opinions your brain might hold… any examples you even think could be an example of visual satire… . it all truly could turn out to be invaluable. Plus, I’ll hook you up with treats. That’s a promise.

Satire’s a very special beast—as a rhetorical device, it must adhere to a few basic principles in order to be effective. Satire requires a target, an audience, a healthy (if self-righteous) moral code and a great big heap of plausible deniability. While humor and wit have each been taken on as topics before, there’s surprisingly little written about satire in the graphic arts. Next to nothing exists for graphic design itself. 

Even more scarce in the literature is any sort of generative model for satire in design. Something to show working designers how to do it. The historical examples might stand on their own, but finding basic principles and usable techniques that can help guide the modern, conceptual design process? Nothin’.

By the end of it all, this will be a unique, 200-something page tome-of-knowledge-slash-textbook that no thinking designer should be caught dead without. Or at least have just within reach, should the need arise, somewhere on their shelf. Maybe the upper left. That sounds nice. For the moment, the working title is The Science of Satire, as you can see above. Thing is, I plan on dissecting this stuff and putting it all back together like a good scientist should, so we’ll just have to see.

Mind you, this is still in the creation phase, and there’s lots of research and writing left to do. So, I really should ask: Do you know satire? Are you an expert? Are you a designer that would love to see such a thing exist? Do you want to be friends? Do you know someone who’d just love to talk to someone like me about something like this? Do you know someone who’d be the perfect interviewee about satire in design or maybe even satire in general? Lemme know, or feel free to send an email to scienceofsatire at the gmail dot com place.

In this phase, I’m reaching out to expand my horizons. Any leads you might have… any insight or opinions your brain might hold… any examples you even think could be an example of visual satire… . it all truly could turn out to be invaluable. Plus, I’ll hook you up with treats. That’s a promise.