When cultures collide

In the modern era of globally distributed media, our creative output can be viewed by a hugely diverse audience that reaches across each nationality, race and religion. As a result, creatives risk miscommunicating and, at worse, offending a portion of the their audience with poorly targeted design.

The recent Jyllands-Posten cartoon incident is a clear example of cultural insensitivity. Muslims felt that the cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad went beyond justifiable satire and were designed to cause offence. Clearly mocking a religious icon is bound to promote a reaction, but because the Islamic faith prohibits any depiction of Muhammad, the images proved doubly offensive. In fact, strict interpretations of Islam prohibit the illustration of any living thing.

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