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You' ve probably belonged to the concept of minimumism that has been used here and there, especially in recent years, but what exactly is it and how can we make the most of it? Minimumism can be described as leaving out all superfluous items and concentrating on what needs to be there.
With this in mind, the minimalist approach promotes purposefulness. Whereas the outward appearance of minimumism often seems easy, much thought, praxis and timing flows into the creation and evolution of a minimalist work. So here are some ways you can get the most out of your minimumism. Minimum branding can be unbelievably useful when it comes to building a true trademark image.
Maintaining the logos ultra easy and the color range very minimum, it has become sufficiently versatile to be used throughout the remainder of the marketing campaign to create a seamless, consistently and very catchy mark. Not accepting minimumism in any way means that your designs need to be less imaginative. Indeed, if you don't get lost in intricate visual representations, you often have the opportunity to research and interact with smart relations that are concealed in your work.
Take a look at Interbrand's logo for opera Australia, a minimalist style has enabled them to explore a smart relation to the words "OPERA", "OPERA AUSTRALIA" and "OZ OPERA". The minimalism can allow you to look at the space of your project in a way that you may not have had before.
Think about how your designs interact with other items to make a broader look, just like these Trevor Finnegan-designed callingcards when they' in line. In the case of minimumism, it is not a question of a total absence of illustrations, but of a meticulous selection of when and where to use them. Incorporating a vivid component directly related to the trade name into a logotype, similar to what Frame Creative has done with this labeling, allows you to produce a very visually, yet very reduced work.
In the case of minimumism, it is often a matter of leaving out all the superfluous things and concentrating on communicating. Like you probably already know, gratings are very practical (some may say, crucial) for many designs, and this is especially the case for minimumism. Since you may not have so many items in your designs, it's probably a good moment to really increase the use of your mesh system.
Take a look at this Jessica Giboin editing style that uses rasters to generate a powerful feeling of consistency with the text, headlines and graphical items, creating a clear, easy and efficient style. Minimumism can be simply ingenious for function. Clear, clear and concise designs can make navigating and reading the site a stroll in the parks, as with this content page layout by James Kape.
Reduced styling and a clear typographic layout make navigating this content page fast, simple and fun. Linking images such as photos and typography is important to do just the right thing. Good designs often ensure that no single item overwhelms the other without good cause.
This Mother Designs example combines the simpler photos with large, attention-grabbing pulled quotations, while the more structured and complex pictures are combined with a small slice of bodycopy that creates a balance between the pages. Minimumism, as already stated, gives you a certain amount of space to explore your designs in ways you might not otherwise have been able to explore, and sometimes that means changing the rule a bit.
But thanks to the extremely simple and minimal character of the logo, this wacky choice actually works very well as a visible part. Guy is an important gun you shouldn't lose sight of, especially when it comes to minimism. This can act as a pictorial component, especially if it has been adapted to the specific circumstances, just like this opening from Vogue in Italy.
Adapting the model to the appearance of curling waters produces a powerful optical effect without using images, keeping the ultimate look clear and straight. With good use, void can help level out your designs, defuse them and help them inhale. Have a look at this example of Studioahamed's publishing, where the concept of whitespace was taken up and implemented, resulting in a stylish and minimalist outfit.
What is more minimum than a pure blank color pallet? When it comes to print, the print can give it a distinctive look that makes your designs stand out from the crowd. Taking into account book print or stamping on your press can really supplement and deepen a minimum print layout, as shown in this example by Adam Buente.
In researching the minimalist movement, it is easily possible to suppose that in order to be minimum one must use only shallow colors, but that is definitely not the case. The introduction of a small part of the structure into your designs can give it that extra dimension and efficiency without sacrificing your minimalist ambitions. It works particularly well when counterbalanced by neat, shallow colors, as seen on this site/branding example from Watts Designs, which uses the surface finish to compensate for the basic photograph and trademark and creates a very efficient look.
Minimum styling can allow you to be more fun with the position and combination of your items, as can be seen in this example from Gregmadeit. If there are fewer items struggling to be seen, you can be much more directly involved with your messages and all communications.
Particularly useful when it comes to web designing, as we all have a tendency to fly over pages, a clear and straightforward statement of purpose, as seen on Nine Sixty's website, will help the readers get an inkling of who they are immediately. Inside the minimalist world, you have a tendency to have a greater say where exactly the eyes of your audiences go first, and one way to do that is by scaling.
Take a look at the items in this Saturday magazine article, the eyes immediately go to the biggest item: the pulled quotation on the right, then the photo, then the copy. An easy layout, when deliberately resized, will help you determine the precise way your audiences will choose for your work.
A lot of folks believe that monochrome color pallets are the be-all and end-all of the minimalist movement, but that's not quite so. Color can be used to make a conspicuous look without sacrificing minimumism, as long as the pallet is kept relatively small (1-3 colors are best). Take a look at this example of Moruba where the luminous yellows coupled with the powerful whites and blacks of the logos work together to produce a truly winning and distinctive (yet fairly minimalist) look that will prevail.
Minimalist designs can really help increase the versatility of your designs, especially in use. Ufho's Ufho office logo, for example, is made up of a single trademark with an emphasis on serifs and two blocs of shallow color. The special character of this particular product is a high level of versatility in the range of colours; the colours of the cross-ply can be changed without loosing the authenticity of the trademark, thanks to a straightforward but one-of-a-kind minimalist style.
Minimumism is a great opportunity for you to investigate the profundity of symbols with your designs. Take a look, for example, at this draft by Jennifer Carrow for the cover of the non-fiction title "Against Happiness". Turning the guy into a sign of a sorry face creates a smart and unforgettable look.
Even in the minimalist realm, the use of an icon can be very effective. You can improve usability, decrease the amount of text or font on a page, and lead your visitors through your visuals. Fewer is definitely better, especially when it comes to minimalist types. The use of 1-3 typefaces is your best opportunity to maintain a minimum and functionality style, just like in this Kalpakian example.
Minimum use of typefaces and economical use of typefaces ensures good readability. One of the beauties of minimism is that small changes can have a big impact. Plain, serifless writing adapted with just two dashes produces a small but clever image that does not interfere with the orientation or minimumism of the logo.
Don't remember why you began your design: the contents. Minimumism works very well when it comes to presenting contents, as the simple nature of the designs allows immediate awareness to be focused on the contents and not on the site's shop. Take a look at this minimum web site by Darrin Higgins, where the emphasis is on simple editorials.
Contrasting themes help to bring your contents and visible items to the fore and make the look easy to consume. This example, a Mads Burcharth website, has the site's dark backdrop contrasting strongly with the vivid color of the contents pictures to produce a sleek but appealing look.
Minimumism can be an important part of your designs because it has the ability to be ageless. Fewer items in your designs reduce the chances that they will go out of fashion or loose their trend. In spite of small changes, the whiteplace, the concentration on the contents and the website's ultimative minimumism have kept the website's look relatively ageless.
Overall, minimumism is not necessarily an aesthetical goal or an accurate stylistic imitation, but a way of looking at your work. Try restricting the use of type faces using typography to make the look more consistent and less bewildering. You should always use monochrome color patterns, but not just them.
Adding color here and there from time to time can really help to emphasize certain points of your designs and direct the attention to certain items. Generally, try to consider what can be eliminated, be it a color from your pallet or an illustration from your work.