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This Artist’s Post-it Notes Brilliantly Explain The Modern Human Condition

by Alexander Besant

November 2, 2016

Charles (Chaz) Hutton, an architect and artist living in London, has the perfect use for Post-it notes: as tiny, adorable, and totally relatable (maybe too relatable) canvases to explain life’s quandaries.

Of his creations, Hutton told Buzzfeed that he chose Post-it notes, which he puts up on his Instagram account, because they will one day be used to decode the challenges of our civilization adding, 

“If emoji are the hieroglyphics of our time, then Post-its are the scrolls, I envisage that historians of the future will unfurl scrunched up ancient post-it notes in order to unlock the secrets of the 2010s to an intrigued future society.” 

Hutton has been at this for awhile, supplementing his love for Post-it art with a day job as an architect, but continually shares his wry observations with his followers on social media. Here’s a sample of a few we found particularly on the nose for our day-to-day struggles:

When someone doesn’t reply to us in instant messaging:


Wait, they're 'typing'... Okay, now they're not... oh god, WHAT DID THEY ALMOST SAY?!

A photo posted by Insta-Chaz (@instachaaz) on

When you hear the sound of your own voice:


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A photo posted by Insta-Chaz (@instachaaz) on

How we think we use our time wisely, but don’t:


Only 3 more weeks till pay day ...

A photo posted by Insta-Chaz (@instachaaz) on

How the nights out that we regret get started:


Week in, week out ...

A photo posted by Insta-Chaz (@instachaaz) on

Why being sick isn’t all that bad:


I should give myself food poisoning more often ...

A photo posted by Insta-Chaz (@instachaaz) on

Clearly, Hutton’s Post-its show that it doesn't take much space to convey the breadth and depth of the human experience. Like modern-day cave paintings, they reveal a lot about our collective values while using very few resources. It’s certainly possible that every time we look at these drawings and nod our heads in recognition, we find ourselves a little bit closer to our ancient ancestors. 

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This Artist’s Post-it Notes Brilliantly Explain The Modern Human Condition