‘What Did You Buy Today?' Captures a Designer's Purchases

 - Jun 14, 2009
References: obsessiveconsumption.typepad
Have you ever taken the time to think about all the things you buy?

Mississippi-based graphic designer and illustrator Kate Bingham-Burt has. In fact, she goes one step further and meticulously records all her purchases in funky black and white drawings. The collection of sketches is on her blog ‘What Did You Buy Today?’

Illuminating the relationship between one woman and her shopping, the visual blog delves deeper into the subject of consumerism by reminding us all of those things--the lattes, the chewing gum and the supermarket sandwiches--that are bought and discarded without a moment's thought.

The simple and innocent black and white sketches are even more powerful in their medium: They are not merely photographs or a list of words. The commitment to painstakingly record every purchase must surely cause the artist to reevaluate everything she buys. She must ask herself, not only do I want it, but also, do I have the time to draw it?

I think if more of us were aware like this, there would be much less waste in the world, and consumption would indeed be less obsessive.