For my last post of the semester I figured that I could reinforce what I have been saying throughout the whole thing,
Minimalism isn’t just black text on a white background.
It’s everything, it’s the thinking behind it all, not just the execution.
You can find minimalism in everything if you are looking at the right things. Even in the things that are most complicated in this life, there is a gleam of simplicity and minimalism.
“Minimalism is a pursuit of the essence of things, not the appearance.”
This is a great quote, and it’s something to remember.
I’m glad that you all got to join me on my pursuit of the essence of things and my dive into minimalism.
Until next time little followers.
(Source: randombeautysls, via randombeautysls)
Here we have some minimal package design.
The simple, solid colors of the packages make them look very minimal. Everything from the base to the caps of these bottles and containers are the same solid color, making it look very together.
Another thing that ads to the minimalism is the white and black text on the packages. No matter the color of the container, the text remains the same. The weir thing about minimalism is that the more that things go together and look the same, the more minimal they are.
That seems a little counter-intuitive, but it makes sense when you see it.
These are very simple, very minimal, and very pretty.
Especially the glass milk bottles.
The most interesting part of this is asking the questions:
Would you buy this?
and Does this feel expensive to you?
Package design, especially minimal package design, can be a big influencer in how expensive a product ‘feels’ and how much people will pay for it.
Something to think about.
The Colour Clock
Are you guys tired of posts about Pokemon yet?
Again, it’s a rhetorical question because I know that the answer is no.
Glad we’re on the same page.
These are some minimal posters that show the evolution of the three starting Pokemon from the original game. It shows the starter in a white silhouette, the final evolved stage in a black silhouette, and the middle form as a cutout.
What makes this minimalism especially great is that it mimics the look that happens when the pokemon start to evolve. It turns white and starts to flash back and forth between the two forms.
The designer has pinpointed this aspect very well, and really represents the evolution process and minimalism well.
Have the looked at the link?
No? Do it.
This is currently my screensaver ever since I have discovered it. There’s not much to it, but it’s clever, puzzling, and minimal.
What it does, if you haven’t figured it out, is displays the time as a hexidecimal color value. So if it’s 1:46 and 15 seconds, or 13:46:15, it displays the color that is equivalent to 134615.
Pretty awesome, huh?
The greatest part about it is whatching the minute, or even the hour, change.
You can watch it go from a bright green to a baby blue for 59 seconds, and then back to green.
It’s so simple. And what makes the best minimalism?
Sorry about all the rhetorical questions in this one, got a little excited.
I luv ‘em.
That may sound sarcastic, but it’s totally not. I think that jokes like this, especially if you have to use the shortcut to figure out what it does, make things more interesting.
The minimalism in this is not just in the simple type on the plain background. There is much minimalism in the idea. I know that it may have been simpler to just put “close your eyes and open your mind” in a lightweight black font on a while background, but I think that one of the things that makes minimalism so great in design is the cleverness behind it,
In every minimalism posters and icon and design aspect there is something to figure out.
If there’s not, it usually ends up just being disappointing.
I’m not sure what app this is, or if it’s available for people, but it’s quite lovely.
From what I can deduce it shows selected cities current temperature and weather conditions. They use very simple and minimal vectors to represent the different weather conditions. I personally enjoy the cloudy one that is shown for Copenhagen, very clever.
The use of the small line vectors on the solid background enhance the minimalistic feel, and just make it feel overall clean.
I know that it’s probably not very descriptive, and wouldn’t be a great help for all those meteorologists out there, but I would absolutely use this.
Just to look at it if nothing else.
Talk about putting things into perspective.
If you’re a fan of minimalism, which let’s be honest, who isn’t, and you enjoy looking at things bigger than yourself then you should take a look at this.
It is a website that is dedicated to beautifully and minimally depicting where today is in the grand scheme of everything else.
It’s one of those websites that you want to go back to day by day just so you can see what kind of progress that you’ve made in the universe timeline.
The minimalism is very prevalent. First of all, it’s a whole website dedicated to telling you about the date. That’s about as simple as it gets,
Also, they use only color blocks and swatches to represent these things very visually minimally.
I’m not sure if that’s a phrase, visually minimally.
Well, if not it is now I guess.
Here is the website, you should definitely look at it.
I have no idea if this actually exists or not, but it’s quite beautiful.
When I think of a library I think of dusty old books piled onto shelves in random orders with a different mystery behind each cover.
That’s not at all what I would expect to find here though.
With the combination of the stark white paint and the minimal interior design, this library has a completely different feel.
Here I would expect to find only books that are brand new. No ripped pages or dusty covers, just hardbacks probably wrapped in protective plastic. I would expect every cover to be a minimalistic rendition of the original covers, and i would expect every librarian to have thick rimmed glasses and skinny jeans.
Oh, and it’s probably on the moon or something.
The use of the black and the white together are what makes this as interesting as it is.
Imagine if the coffee was mixed with creamer and had a nice light brown tint. Do you think that it would have this same effect?
I sure don’t.
Imagine if the coffee cup was blue. Would if have the same effect then?
Nah, probably not.
Very simple, very minimal.
Being a child of the 90’s I couldn’t not post this.
There isn’t a single person from our generation who shouldn’t smile when they see this.
For all you out there who for some reason don’t know what this is, it’s a minimalist iconography representation of the first three generations of Pokemon.
This is every Pokemon that I have ever known seeing as how this was about the age cap on Pokemon for most in my generation.
The best part about something like this is the guessing game/trip down nostalgia lane that occurs when you see this.
I immediately start naming them:
Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Charmander…
If I had to pick a favorite out of all of these Pokemon icons it would have to be the one that represents Ditto.
And if you don’t know which one that is then I’m sorry.
Here is another one of those things that I absolutely love:
Minimal movie posters.
Although these have a little something that most minimal movie posters don’t that I also love, sarcasm.
I don’t know whether or not the designer put the sarcasm in the posters purposefully or not, but it comes across to me quite strongly.
The minimalism concept is done quite well, use iconic images and colors to show one thing that represents the entirety of the movie, but in that these posters bring to light the silliness of the plots of these movies.
The majority of that silliness to me comes from the evolution from the first film to the fourth.
That evolution being the technology is updated and the killer now owns a smart phone.
All this being said I think that Scream is classically cheesy and these minimal posters capture that perfectly.
Bravo, Mr. Ghost.
There is something so nice about pantones. Here we can see them being used in a poster series.
These are an interesting assortment of color choices for them and seem to all work separately, but not necessarily all together. I also very much enjoy the addition of the other related posters.
The framed posters within the pictures are very minimal, expressing colors and one image each, but the pictures themselves are also minimal.
The simple lines from the staircase that draw your eye and the seemingly random objects that make the space more interesting add to this effect.
I also like the black frames with the black stairs and the black images. It all ads a nice element that brings the images together.
This minimalism may be small, but isn’t it all?