Minimalism

Tell me what you understand about minimalism, and I can tell you if you are a simple person.

Minimalism is just not for everyone, I believe. The movement promotes simplicity and has become larger and larger since the 70s. With exploding consumerism and growing concern for sustainability, minimalists has increased in number as a natural, trendy, evolutionary circle. William of Ockham, 14th-century theologian and Franciscan friar, said: “All things being equal, the simplest solution tends to be the best one”.

I like it, but don’t fully support it. Sometimes, the simplest solution does not bring about the best result. Less button does not mean you can use it easier, in some cases.

If this appears in front of you, do you think you know what is it for and how to use it?

Reduction for minimalism should be considered an art as we simply cannot reduce everything just for the sake of simplicity. It’s counter-intuitive to struggle with a minimalist interface while we can save our limited resources with the traditional well-buttoned surface. A key element to simplicity and understanding is the thoughtful reduction of the unnecessary. An inversion if you will. And yet one I wish more organizations would consider.

The law of simplicity – John Maeda is summed up as:

“Lessen what you can and conceal everything else without losing the sense of inherent value. EMBODY-ing a greater sense of quality through enhanced materials and other messaging cues is an important subtle counterbalance to SHRINK-ing and HIDEing the directly understood aspects of a product. Design, technology, and business work in concert to realize the final decisions that will lead to how much reduction in a product is tolerable, and how much quality it will embody in spite of its reduced state of being. Small is better when SHE’d.”

I might as well close the knot for today’s thought: Ignorance is bliss, and the ignorant is an artist :))

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