If you were to watch the darker, dystopian version of our reality in the near future claimed as the perfect society, would you continue watching it?

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The Sibyl System

I wouldn’t claim myself as an avid anime watcher, manga reader, or film and TV series connoisseur, not that there’s anything wrong with it if you are, but when I do watch them, it’s significantly rare I get emotionally invested in one. There are only so few that hooks me to the bone and leaves me emotionally-wrecked. Psycho-Pass is one of them. Psycho-Pass has been on my Netflix watch list for some time, and I’d say the current global situation pushed the urge in me to take it off my list. So I did, with the 2-season series and Psycho-Pass: The Movie that’s available on Netflix. I’m aware that there’s the third season of it out, but I’ll give this article up for the things that the series has forced me to take in. …


We might not be bound by blood, but your support runs thicker than it.

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I remember listening to Billie Eilish’s When I Was Older about last year, and my fingers started to dwell on the keyboard, whether to run my thoughts in a cathartic manner or to think of them on a later day, thinking I’d regret to pursue. Here I am about a year later. It said,

“The open sea was my own blood, where the rogue waves I did not see coming. And when none fought by me, he stayed. I’m here now. I thought I’d tell him all the stories from the seven seas when I was a little older. …


A letter to legacy and a dear mentor, by a youngling in a man’s man’s world.

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Now, now, I’ll have to warn you I’m well aware that I might be too young to be talking about legacy. But here we are.

I’m not sure what’s struck me, at the time of writing (11.39 PM, to be precise) that I’ve jumped out of my bed to write this. In all honesty, it was probably a reverie I recalled earlier. Amongst the restlessness that has hit most of us for almost a year, zoning out is inherent. When you’re in a break from creative pursuits — and by that, I mean completely detached from it, action- and engagement-wise, aside from duty and due diligence — your mind could probably only wander. …


A story about the lessons I learned from this precarious time.

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Illustration by yours truly

This patience grows weary from all the pandemic updates that light up on the digital screens I own, the news app installed on my phone, and the social media platforms I’m on. Anxiety slowly seeps in, and frustration climbs on its nails that I shouldn’t take my eyes off the screens. Until I decided to abruptly close the tabs on the progress of the vaccine, the nation-wide numbers, the usual nonsense rooted in ignorance that keeps breaking the records in appalling me. …


Digital declutter wasn’t so hard until it felt like a withdrawal symptom.

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Living in a world that’s more connected than ever isn’t easy to deafen our ears from the noise and detach ourselves from it. Accompanied by the most convenient piece of gadget that doesn’t take a lot of space in our pockets, the screens that we stare at every day. In this day and age where most data has been digitized, it surely has become convenient as we’re able to access pretty much everything in no time. Information that we’re able to get in a matter of seconds can be useful, but it can also be overwhelming. Where you are, what your colleagues are up to, your friend’s preferences in music and places to eat, what that far acquaintance of yours is wearing that day, the design trend that you haven’t been able to try for yourself, and so on. The initial purpose was certainly appealing, and it is quite noble — the purpose to further connect people, to some. …


It has always been of interest, machine learning, a subset of the subject artificial intelligence (AI), which, in its intriguing nature, sparks the questions of ethics and morality especially now that machines have arrived and are learning at an accelerating rate. In this modern-day and age, machines have been implemented to do tasks that vary from high-quantity production at a lower cost to data outsourcing on social media platforms, simple tasks which the majority of the process are repetitive and can be done without human input other than the initiation and control aspect of these tasks. Generative design itself has been used by architecture and civil engineering for quite some time (for context, it would be Autodesk that offers such tool). But the idea of a powerful tool to help generate as many iterations as possible seems to be a wonderful tool for a creative field like graphic design. As a job that is not a utilitarian task in its nature, graphic design will still require major human input to solve a problem, same goes for how it is used for architecture and civil engineering which process will be talked about below. …


Born and raised in Indonesia, I grew up in a conservative family where expectations are always meant to be met. The word ‘pressure’ is something that comes on the first page of my dictionary, often on the day to day basis. It is said that it’s of a culture that is “forbidden to vanish as the so-called eastern culture will cease to exist due to (inevitable) globalization”, no matter how much the toll is taken on a child to carry such parental and social pressure for the sake of traditions and “good image”. Therefore, freedom for some people becomes taboo.

In the events when career- or even relationship-wise decisions need to be made, I often didn’t get a voice in such matter. I was always told that my parents knew what was best for me, even though at the time, I knew what my interest had been and what I’d like to do for a living. Perhaps, some of you reading this are familiar of what “success” means to your parents: becoming a doctor, serving for the country, or making it as a businessman/woman. …

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Sasqia Pristia

Graphic designer. Currently observing from Jakarta.

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