Both Sides Thinking is a project of over 300+ illustrations, plus dozens of animated GIFs. The aim of the project is to blend philosophy with minimal design, to visualize abstract concepts and ideas through plain black and white visual representations.

Social media has divided people with strong opinions further away from each other. Constant battling between who's right, and falsifying the other. In this series, only black and white are being used. While the 2 extremes seem to oppose each other, in reality, they work as the Yin and the Yang; both sides need each other to form an image, a full story.

More info: bothsidesthinking.com | Instagram | studiobothsides.com

#1

Easy Or Complex

Easy Or Complex

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Bouche Clay
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1 month ago

Dog is often smarter than human.

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I was born and raised in The Netherlands, graduated from Willem de Kooning Academy, Communication and Multimedia Design(Hons), now working as a freelance designer for brands and agencies from Shanghai and Tokyo.

When I am not busy, I like to translate complex philosophies and ideas into simplistic visuals and invent new tools to understand life from different angles.

#2

Day And Night

Day And Night

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Bouche Clay
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1 month ago

This one is sweet.

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#3

Falling Apart Or Falling Into Place

Falling Apart Or Falling Into Place

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Bouche Clay
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1 month ago

Nice visual.

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I came up with the idea to create these pictographics during my search for the meaning of life. Because it was first written in text form, I found it was only useful for me, so I decided to translate all these insights into visuals, so they can be shared with more people. While it was first showcased with texts, the words were taken out in the end because I realized that everyone has their own interpretations for each visual, and there is no need to force anybody to agree only on a single interpretation, this also explains a little bit about the concept of Both Sides Thinking.

#4

Wait Or Act

Wait Or Act

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Why?
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1 month ago

Another way of saying s**t or get off the can.

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#5

Birthday Cake And Countdown Clock

Birthday Cake And Countdown Clock

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Михаил Л-Л
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1 month ago

Every birthday is just a day we celebrate to forget that we're one year closer to the end.

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Someone literally said "Hymn uses his life to draw down these visuals, it was because of Hymn's search for meaning, he explored life in every possible way. He went to Kenya to do volunteer work, went to Australia and Japan to do organic farming, he tested his limits and finished several marathons and trailwalker, did a few pilgrimages, went to do meditations and vipassana, he went back to university to study philosophy, and had a life and death motorbike accident in Vietnam and so forth, he has always kept his notebook at his side, so that whatever pops up in his thoughts, so he could doodle them and then later re-work them into minimal visuals."

#6

Future And Past

Future And Past

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Ranger Kanootsen
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1 month ago

Ah, I feel that

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#7

Expectation vs. Reality

Expectation vs. Reality

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Pterodactyl in Disguise
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1 month ago

even with the same charge, you can have more to go

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These visuals are like thought triggers, they can be a starter for people to discuss deep and philosophical ideas or the life topics that we all will encounter sooner or later in life. Since there is no model answer, they are free for interpretation. Everyone will get a different message by looking at one of the pictures.

#8

Wall Or Bridge

Wall Or Bridge

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Pieter LeGrande
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1 month ago

To my mind the person on the left is about to learn a lesson about gravity.

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#9

Emotional And Rational

Emotional And Rational

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Dani Fogel
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1 month ago

I need this switch

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In short, I am trying to create "Tools for Life Design". During my search for life's meaning, I found that there are no tools out there for me to understand life in an efficient way, I wished there were. Finally, I realized why not create them, so I am looking forward to creating more tools that can inspire people about life and see it from a broader perspective. Welcoming everyone to join this project if interested. More info can be found here.

#10

Lead Or Follow

Lead Or Follow

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EmCWolf
Community Member
1 month ago

This reminds me of a child learning to branch out from their family. It's an important part of growing up!

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#11

Love Or Possess

Love Or Possess

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Bouche Clay
Community Member
1 month ago

Sadly some think they're the same.

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#12

Beyond Good Or Evil

Beyond Good Or Evil

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Why?
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1 month ago

They had a hell of a time!

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#13

Work Together Or Against Each Other

Work Together Or Against Each Other

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Reuben Leveridge
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1 month ago

Because of how physics work, they are in fact working together

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#14

Universe Or Youniverse

Universe Or Youniverse

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Bouche Clay
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1 month ago

🎵 This is the dawning of the age of aquarius 🎵

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#15

Self Love And Love Others

Self Love And Love Others

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Silver
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1 month ago

this honestly says a lot about sacrificing your own happiness to benefit other people and it speaks to me really deeply

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#16

Look Down Or Look Up

Look Down Or Look Up

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Bouche Clay
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1 month ago

I'd end up doing this.

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#17

How Are You And Who Are You

How Are You And Who Are You

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Why?
Community Member
1 month ago

The Riddler.

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#18

Complexity Or Simplicity

Complexity Or Simplicity

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Alexis Dominey
Community Member
1 month ago

The people in charge of the education system need to see this.

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#19

Search Inwards And Express Outwards

Search Inwards And Express Outwards

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Ozymandias73
Community Member
1 month ago

"This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine"

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#20

Comfort Zone Or Adventure

Comfort Zone Or Adventure

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Elizabeth Truss
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1 month ago

As an introvert, I prefer my comfort zone to any sort of adventure 😄

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#21

Attach Or Detach

Attach Or Detach

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Bouche Clay
Community Member
1 month ago

Either way, the fellow spotting him is toast. Very squished toast.

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#22

Passion And Motivation

Passion And Motivation

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EmCWolf
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

This is a really inspiring little image, it takes work to keep your ideas afloat but it's worth it!

#23

Comfort Zone Or Adventure

Comfort Zone Or Adventure

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Eff the haters
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1 month ago

If those are footsteps than I have questions

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#24

Parenthood And Childhood

Parenthood And Childhood

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Alexis Dominey
Community Member
1 month ago

Children learn by example.

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#25

Equality And Biases

Equality And Biases

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Dillon Brown
Community Member
1 month ago

Some people are more equal than others...

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#26

Vulnerable And Eager To Connect

Vulnerable And Eager To Connect

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Griff
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone's getting handsy

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#27

Inward And Outward

Inward And Outward

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EmCWolf
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1 month ago

Reminds me of Ouroboros

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#28

Ancestors And Descendants

Ancestors And Descendants

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Chel Bolin
Community Member
1 month ago

I had trees planted in honor of my parents when they passed. Hopefully they will be around for future generations to enjoy.

#29

Boss Or Leader

Boss Or Leader

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Sussybaka
Community Member
1 month ago

maybe master and slave. depends on how u view it

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#30

Passive Living Or Active Living

Passive Living Or Active Living

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Bernát Bonda
Community Member
1 month ago

Where is having fun? This is not what I live for.

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Note: this post originally had 60 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

Both Sides Thinking GIF series