Simon Griffee Visual design, photography, writing, illustration

March 2018

The Absence of Strong Women #
Frankenstein: The 1818 Text

From Charlotte Gordon’s introduction to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: The 1818 Text:

…Ultimately, the absence of strong women holds the key to Frankenstein’s main themes. When women are not allowed to have a voice, or to play important roles in society, Mary implies, loss ensues. Unchecked male ambition will lead to destruction, injustice, and devastation.

Frankenstein is the story of one man’s obsession with the creation of life, and his subsequent abandonment of his creation. It is a study of guilt and innocence, creativity and destruction. But it is also a cautionary tale. By fearing the stranger, by abusing the vulnerable and the outcast, society creates its own monsters.


Defend The Land

A native American facing the threat at Bears Ears.

Poster for Bears Ears dedicated to the Public Domain.

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Jeff in Central Park, New York City, May 2017

Published 2018 March 23

The Door Problem #

Liz England explains work roles in a game company.

TimBL to Zuck #

Tim Berners-Lee’s message to Mark Zuckerberg:

I would say to him: You can fix it. It won’t be easy but if companies work with governments, activists, academics and web users we can make sure platforms serve humanity.

Tips for Limiting Social Media Information

A pencil drawing of labels attached to eachother. The top label has the word ‘data’, and the lower label has the letter ‘m’, written in morse code.
A pencil drawing representing metadata — data about data — which is often used by social media sites to track their users.

Some advice for using social media while limiting access to your information:


Complementary Books & Videogames

A list of good book and videogame pairings, last updated 2018 March 28:


Goodbye, Stephen Hawking

For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination: we learned to talk.

It doesn’t have to be like this. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.

Keep talking


42nd Street and 5th Avenue, New York City, October 2017

Published 2018 March 8

New York Public Library Main Branch, New York City, March 2018

Published 2018 March 7

West 77th Street, New York City, March 2018

Published 2018 March 2

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