If you’re a designer, you might argue that you see the world differently compared to untrained eyes. And for architects, it’s impossible to go somewhere without noticing very specific design details about each of the buildings you come across. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone—webcomic collective Leewardists creates hilarious drawings that illustrate how an architect experiences everyday life.
From eyeing-up the precise measurements between elements in a public park to observing the negative space between buildings, Leewardists’ drawings brilliantly capture the trained analytical mind of an architect. Even the comic’s character design shows visual differences. For example, “normal” people are drawn fresh-faced and wearing colorful clothes, while the architect is drawn with tired eyes, days-old stubble, and always wearing black.
While many works illustrate the differences between how an architect and a non-designer experience the world, others depict a designer’s workaholic mindset and the frustrations of working on tight deadlines. One comic illustrates the “Evolution of an architecture student” as a play on the famous Road to Homo Sapiens (or The March of Progress) illustration. Rather than depicting human evolution, the image shows an architecture student starting out as bright-eyed and ready-to-learn, only to end up exhausted and sleeping on his desk.
You can see more hilarious perspectives and comparisons of an architect’s life to others by following Leewardists’ webcomics on Instagram.