Vincent Mahé’s fun, stylish illustrations made us smile

The French artist perfectly illustrates Mr Porter’s ‘How to Appear Wise’ cheat sheet


Vincent Mahé charming illustrations show misguided attempts to seem savvy in five intimidating scenarios, to accompany Dan Davies’ tongue-in-cheek article for Mr Porter on ‘How to Appear Wise’.

Too tipsy to contribute anything but enthusiastic nodding to philosophical dinner party chat, judging wine only by its price, scrolling instagram under the table in a meeting – all of these seem amusingly familiar to those who feel constantly close to being exposed as clueless. 

Vincent’s fun, stylish work lets us have a giggle at ourselves. At least you probably haven’t mistaken a fire extinguisher for modern art yet. 

Image: How to appear wise… in a contemporary art gallery

With Vincent’s characteristic use of bold lines and a colour palette that favours red and blue, his work has a retro feel, complimenting the old world guide on avoiding social faux pas.

Image: How to appear wise… ordering wine at a restaurant


Vincent has also illustrated for publications including Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal.  

Image: How to appear wise… in a board meeting

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Image: How to appear wise… in a car show


Image: How to appear wise… in a dinner party