Weapons of Reason: Ageing

Driven by a desire to better understand our world, Weapons of Reason is our own four-year publishing project. Issue three explores a global challenge: ageing.

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"Weapons of Reason uses the power of data, images and words to reveal the rich insights that are required ingredients for addressing our most important global issues."

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The Challenge

  • Weapons of Reason (WoR) is an eight-issue publishing venture, aiming to understand and communicate the global, interconnected challenges facing our world.
  • Globally, we’re living longer than ever. This is cause for celebration, but it brings a set of unique challenges. We knew we couldn’t find all the answers, so we focused on asking the right questions.
  • Ageing is a problem that will affect us all medically, economically, spiritually and emotionally. We needed to inspire our readers to turn knowledge into action.

The Solution

  • To understand what ageing means for our planet, we sent writers out to collect stories from across the globe. From a village plagued by Alzheimer’s in Colombia, to the seniors running their own startups, we commissioned 15 articles to tell the story of ageing from diverse perspectives.
  • We worked with dozens of illustrators to create intelligent, original artwork that captured the essence of each article.
  • Commissioning compelling, on-the-ground stories, we showed that independent magazines aren’t just beautifully designed, but contain some of the best contemporary journalism.
  • We researched and designed multiple infographics and data points to illustrate the challenges facing our ageing societies.
  • Consulting with physicists, futurologists, sociologists,entrepreneurs, carers, conflict survivors, engineers and a noted sex toy manufacturer, we made sure that Weapons of Reason stayed on the cutting edge of research.

The Results

Weapons of Reason: The Ageing issue by Human After All design agency

First illustration by Nimura Daisuke from Weapons of Reason: The New Old

Second illustration by Nimura Daisuke from Weapons of Reason: The New Old

Illustration by Jonathan Calugi from Weapons of Reason: The New Old

Pull quote from Weapons of Reason: The New Old

Page design from Weapons of Reason: The New Old

Two spreads from the 'This Mortal Coil' and 'Ageing In Context' articles in Weapons of Reason: The New Old

Two spreads from the 'A Tribal Experience' and 'Why Grow Old' articles in Weapons of Reason: The New Old

Two spreads from the 'Hybrid Societies' and 'Sex In Our 60s' articles in Weapons of Reason: The New Old

Two spreads from the Ageing in Context section of Weapons of Reason: The New Old

Data point illustration about population from Weapons of Reason: The New Old

Data point illustration about discrimination from Weapons of Reason: The New Old

Repeating pattern illustration from Weapons of Reason: The New Old magazine

Illustration by Miguel Montaner from Weapons of Reason: The New Old

Illustration by Robert Samuel Hanson from Weapons of Reason: The New Old

Illustration by Marcia Mihotich from Weapons of Reason: The New Old

Illustration by James Round from Weapons of Reason: The New Old

A spread from the article 'Get Rich Or Die Trying' in Weapons of Reason: The New Old

Repeating pattern featured on the inside cover of Weapons of Reason: The New Old

A data points spread from Weapons of Reason: The New Old

A data visualisation spread from Weapons of Reason: The New Old

A photograph by Chris Nunn of an elderly Ukranian woman. From Weapons of Reason: The New Old

A photograph of one of Ukraine's eldery by Chris Nunn. From Weapons of Reason: The New Old by Human After All

A photograph by Chris Nunn of an elderly woman in Ukraine. From Weapons of Reason: The New Old

A photograph by Chris Nunn of an elderly Ukrainian man. From Weapons of Reason: The New Old

Repeating pattern from Weapons of Reason: The New Old

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