Is there anything that you’re afraid of regarding the future?

Adam Tickle
Working too much that I neglect the people most important to me.

Dan McCarthy
The sun exploding.

Ed Fella
I’m afraid of the economy tanking. Graphic design can’t exist if there is no economy; we’re a commodity culture. It was tough to be a designer during the depression. I hope there’s not another depression. I suppose its getting hotter every day, but that has nothing to do with design.

Eric Karjaluoto
Yes, I’m a bit of a hypochondriac. I’m always scared that something will get in the way of me seeing my son grow-up.

Evan Leake
Just the usual fears; death, severe injury, etc.

Experimental Jetset
Not really. We are sometimes quite surprised when we hear people describe these times as scary and uncertain. In our memory, the 80s were much scarier. The fear for nuclear war was so real, you could almost cut it with a knife. The atomic bomb was everywhere; not only in underground culture, but also in the mainstream. Every pop song seemed to be about nuclear war: ‘Dancing with Tears in My Eyes’ by Ultravox, ‘Two Tribes’ by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, ‘New Frontier’ by Donald Fagan, etc. There was this brilliant Dutch pop band called Doe Maar, who had a huge hit single called ‘De Bom’ (‘The Bomb’), a song so popular it could have been our national anthem in the 80s.

Books, comics, movies (especially ‘The Day After’), television series: everything seemed to revolve around nuclear war. Punk fashion became increasingly post-apocalyptic, in a Mad Max-like way. Splatter movies (‘video nasties’), very popular around that time, were showing mutants, zombies and cannibals, all pointing to a post-apocalyptic future. Even the day-glo accessories, worn by the New Wave kids, seemed to refer to nuclear radiation.

When we were lying in bed late at night, and a plane flew over, our first thought was, “this it it”. We can still remember overhearing our parents discussing where to take us (the children) in case of a nuclear war: the shelter in the park, or the subway. In other words, we were 100% certain that the bomb would fall. We were scared beyond belief. But instead of the bomb, the Berlin wall came down, and suddenly the whole threat was gone. It almost felt like an anti-climax.

Compared to the post-apocalyptic nightmare we were expecting, everything else seems like a picnic. Today’s fear for global heating will never come close to the fear we felt for nuclear war. But it did gave us some very good pop songs.

No, we don’t think much of it. We just do what we have to.

Flip Flop Flyin
That I will die a lonely man.


George Lois
I’m scared shitless that McCain could possibly win this election!

Hula Hula
No future.

Ian Stevenson
Walking on paths next to fast moving lorries. It’s just not right.

Jeff Domke
I’m deathly afraid of losing my passion and becoming ordinary. I’m afraid of staying still and shriveling up. I’m also afraid of people who have all the answers because they’re dangerous.

Justin Ouellette
I’m afraid of corporations imprisoning the human spirit. I think it’s a danger we don’t take seriously enough. Technology, war, money, and moral relativism go hand in hand in a terrifyingly complementary way.

Milton Glaser
Not dying at my desk in the midst of working.

Please Let Me Design
Damien: I was afraid of not being able to answer to this question. But, well, it’s done now.
Pierre: In terms of graphic design, no.

Rick Valicenti
I do a lot to shed my personal fears. But I do harbor doubts as to the civility in which we, as a country, will lead the world.

Wolfgang Weingart
The human being, who will systematically destroy the world.

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