Illusions

A layer behind the scenes

A layer behind the scenes

I reference magic a lot in the Composure world, and the 🔮💫 emoji are permanently in my Recently Used's. To be clear: I don't just love the idea of illusions and smoke & mirrors—I think almost everything we ever experience as life is actually illusions and smoke & mirrors. Magicians are fascinating simply because they own that fact while the rest of us consistently and predictably refuse to believe it. 

Making a better point of it is the page I've most frequently visited over all my years on the internet: Wikipedia's List of Cognitive Biases. Which to be fair is rather dull and clinical, so I'm happy to discover that someone has now organized it all into a nice little Cognitive Bias Cheat Sheet

Composure is basically an exploration of the idea that we can all be magicians: if we accept that cognitive biases are just another useful design constraint, we can combine the principles above with the tools of world-building to make beautiful things that people want to be a part of. That we can all romanticize something from our unique experience of the world, edit it for effect (after all, aren't all biases just edits for effect?), and create beautiful, meaningful illusions. Scarves just happen to be beautiful stage props.