What are you afraid of? If you’re like most people, you harbor some level of phobia; that is, a stress reaction that is greatly disproportionate to a specific situation. It’s why some freak out when a spider lands on our lap, why being at the top of tall buildings makes others sweat, and why still others refuse to settle down and get married. Fear is a rational and necessary response to potentially dangerous situations, but for some, fear is a disorder that consumes lives and livelihood. And for some graphic designers, fear is an interesting subject worth exploring through design. Hence, I offer the following fear-inducing designs, each inspired by a human phobia.
Who better to capture the fear of spiders than an arachnophobic designer? The illustrator’s fear, perhaps rooted in the fact that as a child an escaped tarantula was found in her bed, made this artwork a struggle to complete.
For those who suffer from coulrophobia, or the fear of clowns, a trip to the circus is a veritable nightmare-come-true.
If you’re afraid of ghosts, you might be spectrophobic. And if we were to actually see a ghost, I suspect we’d all have a touch of spectrophobia.
Ombrophobia is the fear of rain, and even if you don’t fear rain you can certainly appreciate the horror experienced by this dark photomanipulation’s subject.
This illustration portrays what the fear of inescapable places or events (or crowds) might feel like to agoraphobics.
The designer took a page from Poe with this uncanny artwork. Fear of darkness doesn’t end with childhood.
This illustration offers a hyperbolic view of a subject who suffers from mysophobia, or the fear of germs.
Some people are afraid of cats, some are afraid of bats, but alektorophobics are afraid of chickens.
Claustrophobia is the fear of enclosed spaces, and likely very much a reason kids are afraid of closets. Only bad things would choose to live in enclosed places.
The fear of death, or of the dead, is classified as necrophobia. Vampires fill the role nicely.