Visual Philosophy: Thoughts on I & We

Ruida Si


Lars Muller, 2022. Softcover, 304pp., 4.7 x 6.3 inches


This small but substantial pocket-size book is an attempt to think through life and the universe in graphic-design terms. With concise drawings and brief texts, Chinese illustrator and designer Ruida Si quietly shows humanity in the grip of a dawning realization about its own collectivity. Facing the imminent collapse of the ecosystem, humanity must prepare to replace “I” with “we”―“we” defined in a utopian spirit as a subject transcending generations and individuals.
At first glance, the visuals are as simple and clear as those of a children’s picture book, but they are the product of Si's extensive and sophisticated knowledge of information, pattern and rhythm, and deliver her message with tremendous clarity and simplicity. Muji art director Kenya Hara, with whom Si studied, provides a foreword.