Neurodiversity in coffee: Artwork

Neurodiversity in coffee: Artwork - Standart

Specialty coffee is a young, vibrant, and inclusive industry built on passion and community; at its best, it is open-minded and accepting of people with different interests, skill sets, and stories.

In Standart issue 19, Philip Wain, a journalist, consultant, and lecturer on specific learning difficulties looks at how neurodivergent coffee professionals live, work, and manage their conditions, how good workplaces support and empower them, and at the many strengths and talents that neurodiversity can bring.

For this feature we were incredibly excited to bring a set of original artworks representing each condition discussed in the article. 

Artist: Ohni Lisle 
Based: Brooklyn 
Instagram: @ohnilisle


Illustration depicting someone with autism for an article in Standart magazine about autism in coffee

 Comment from Ohni Lisle, 

"For Autism, I thought a window could relate to the fact that people with the condition often cite a feeling of being trapped within themselves, so to speak. The prominent colour of the mouth represents some of the difficulties with spoken expression."


Illustration by Ohni Lisle depicting someone with ADHD for an article about people with ADHD working in coffee

Comment from Ohni Lisle, 

"For ADHD, I wanted to represent the competition of different thoughts through different colour fields playing over the face."


Illustration for Standart magazine representing people with dsylexia working in the coffee industry

Comment from Ohni Lisle, 

"For Dyslexia, I wanted to find a beautiful way of representing what is often a point of difficulty for people with the condition."


Illustration about people with dyspraxia working in the coffee industry

Comment from Ohni Lisle, 

"Lastly, for Dyspraxia, I wanted to play on the theme of balance as well as the issue of depth perception."⠀

A divider in a Standart magazine article about neurodiversity in coffee

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