10 Designs Inspired By Phobias

February 20, 2013

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.

1.  Uneternal Sleep by ArtificiallyAwake

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.

-Uneternal Sleep- by ArtificiallyAwake on deviantART - Google Chrome_2013-02-12_12-39-55


2.  Coulrophobia by milestsang

For those who suffer from coulrophobia, or the fear of clowns, a trip to the circus is a veritable nightmare-come-true.

Coulrophobia by milestsang on deviantART - Google Chrome_2013-02-12_12-46-21


3.  Spectrophobia by tetraphobia

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.

Spectrophobia by tetraphobia on deviantART - Google Chrome_2013-02-12_12-51-04


4.  Ombrophobia by shadowgeist

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.

Ombrophobia by ~shadowgeist on deviantART - Google Chrome_2013-02-12_13-05-53


5.  Agoraphobia by Xagamus

This illustration portrays what the fear of inescapable places or events (or crowds) might feel like to agoraphobics.

Agoraphobia by ~Xagamus on deviantART - Google Chrome_2013-02-12_13-10-25


6.  Achluophobia by ummcarly

The designer took a page from Poe with this uncanny artwork.  Fear of darkness doesn’t end with childhood.

achluophobia by ~ummcarly on deviantART - Google Chrome_2013-02-12_13-15-49


7.  Mysophobia by alchemaniac

This illustration offers a hyperbolic view of a subject who suffers from mysophobia, or the fear of germs.

Mysophobia by alchemaniac on deviantART - Google Chrome_2013-02-12_13-22-27


8.  Alektorophobia by Lexi008

Some people are afraid of cats, some are afraid of bats, but alektorophobics are afraid of chickens.

Alektorophobia by ~Lexi008 on deviantART - Google Chrome_2013-02-12_13-34-26


9.  In The Closet by ryanmcgrathdesign

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.

In The Closet by ryanmcgrathdesign on deviantART - Google Chrome_2013-02-12_13-35-58


10.  Necrophobia by helgephoenix

The fear of death, or of the dead, is classified as necrophobia.  Vampires fill the role nicely.

Necrophobia by helgephoenix on deviantART - Google Chrome_2013-02-12_13-40-03

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Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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