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visual communication practice

The New World Order

Description of idea

Describe your idea and concept of your work in relation to the festival outlines:

“The New World Order” is inspired from my research of the 2008 credit and crisis and the documentary called “Meltdown”. What I found out was very frustrating and mind boggling. I began to question those who are responsible and in control of the monetary system of an economy - most obviously the Federal Reserve and its bailouts to Wall Street’s biggest banks.

Why didn’t anyone predict what was to come and more importantly, why didn’t anyone try to stop it before it spiraled out of control? The Federal Reserve kept on decreasing interest rates, the banks kept borrowing more and more, making billions of profit through bundles of mortgages. Who suffered the most - the people, the 99%, the world! It is this continuous effect of debt and credit crisis, caused by greedy people controlling the money supply and interest rates that affects everyone globally.

I want to communicate the idea of power in the hands of banks and the Fed, controlling our lives, our happiness, our future, merely by a printed piece of paper. Our trust in this piece of paper is what makes this piece of paper “money” and yet it has the power to put us all into debt and cause us to suffer heavily. My work is intended to be blurred and sketchy to emphasize the concept of hidden truth, lies and conspiracies. It is a personal representation of the big picture.

Perhaps the New World Order is to control men and women through the cycle of infinite debt and slavery...secretly and silently.

What kind of communication approach do you use?

Illustrated and photographed - static visual communication.

What are in your opinion concrete benefits to the society because of your communication?

What I hope to achieve through this poster is to at least get people thinking about the control of the Federal Reserve and banks on our economies and what effects they have on our daily lives. The whole system is quite deep and layered, however, I wanted to show a hint of who this power belongs to that in fact so many of us fail to recognize.

What did you personally learn from creating your submitted work?

A lot! It made me understand so much more about our economies and what debt does to us in so many ways. It also urged me to dig deeper into the credit crisis of 2008 where I learned the greed and selfishness of people in control. Communicating a complex idea wasn't easy and in the process I polished my design skills and discovered new ways of representing the idea.

Why is your work, GOOD communication WORK?

It is simple in communication. Although the meaning behind it is blurred which is intentional. My concept is to get people thinking and to observe the work closely to see the details.

Where and how do you intent do implement your work?

Anywhere! Printed, pasted on walls as posters or could also mimic the size of an actual note and given in hands.

Did your intervention had an effect on other Media. If yes, describe the effect? (Has other media reported on it- how? Were you able to change other media with your work- how?)


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A straight forward intervention on the dollar note that has a simple message. The point of contact is very relevant to the subject and it makes sense that it is clear and understandable at a glance.

To highlight the responsibility of the Federal Reserve and Wall Street in the debt crisis is important, and needs repeating again and again, this can be done in a reduced form, as a stamp that shows that this is a cycle and continuous until the public intervene in some way.

This only really works if you actually do the work and start mass producing the stamp on 100's of notes and encourage others to join in, otherwise it remains a idea with no effect. In poster or many other forms it is less powerful.

I note that you are from the United Arab Emirates and not based, as i first thought, in the US which will make you distribution slightly harder... but it may be worth refocusing this towards your own financial system, as they were all at it and it is just as relevant to target our own institutions rather than always blame America.

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Entry details


The New World Order


Is debt slavery the New World Order?

Concept author(s)

Mariyah Arif

Concept author year(s) of birth


Concept author(s) contribution

Concept, illustration and photograph.


United Arab Emirates

Competition category

visual communication practice

Competition subcategory


Competition field


Competition subfield


Subfield description

American University of Sharjah / College of Architecture, Art and Design / Design Management