I was trying to take a break today, and ended up redesigning the staircase at our group house (Event Horizon), which is the first thing you see when you enter the house. One thing me and Claire (mingyuan) came up with, was to design small posters for each of the twelve virtues of rationality and line them up on the walls. And I figured I would also let other people have access to the posters, in case you want to do something similar. Here are all the 12 icons/posters. The general idea was inspired by these awesome minimalist philosophy posters.

And I've uploaded the illustrator file I've used here.

The twelfth virtue doesn't have an icon, we chose to represent it with an empty frame.

Here is the staircase after we finished putting everything up (sorry, lighting isn't perfect):

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This is great, I will probably steal it for my apartment, except with empiricism as a scale instead of an eye.

I was worried that a scale would be too ambiguous. You could for example also imagine a scale for evenness, and a scale for precision.

Pretty cool. I like the aleph for scholarship.

Two things:

  • It looks like evenness is missing from your post
  • I would represent the void with empty space as well, but add the caption "THE VOID" underneath

Oops, fixed the missing evenness poster!

What are the dimensions of the frames you used? Or better yet, do you have an amazon link to them?

Whoops very late reply but in the pictures, the posters are actually just taped to 8.5"x10" sheets of black cardstock; after printing the virtues themselves we manually cut them all down to have 1/2" margins all around.

When we moved houses in 2019 we did frame them, using these frames that conveniently come in a 12 pack! (For the void we put a piece of black paper in the frame.)


This is awesome. Thank you for the files too, you just solved my blank walls problem.