Chean Wei Law’s Playful Art Shows Both Sides of the Human Condition

Chean Wei Law (aka Undo) has a way of simplifying complicated notions in a way that’s aesthetically pleasing. A designer and illustrator by trade, in one of his latest series, titled 100 Happiness, he showed how happiness and unhappiness are two sides of the same coin.

“Happiness co-exists with unhappiness,” he stated in an interview with The Design Kids, “they are interrelated and interdependent, like Yin and Yang.” As so, his illustrated series features both happy and unhappy faces, stamped across iconic logos or clear cut shapes.

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“It would be delusional if the works just showcased happy faces,” he says. “We will definitely overlook true happiness if we do not embrace the opposite side of it. You need to go through the unhappy moments in your life to really unearth the meaning of happiness.”

As a designer, he makes use of bold and graphic shapes and colors. “I don’t think a designer should have a style, but an illustrator can develop their own style,” he relayed. “I am a designer but also love doing illustration and icon design. From my experience, it was all come naturally when I start designing it and drawing them.”

Check out some of his playful illustrations:

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