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IdN v21n2: Minimalist Issue — Is Less More?

Keeping things simple is never as simple as you think. As we all know from tidying our desks or emptying our closets, the hardest part is deciding what to throw away. Similarly, many rounds of reductions have to be gone through before a minimalist artist is happy with the end-result.


Motion Gallery: Geometric design
Feature: Minimalism
Creative Country: Montréal
Craft: Threading it all together
Studio: Marcel Hausler / Pau Pausa / Studio FNT / Lemonlife
Product Review: Unconventional products to wet your curiosity


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Feature: Minimalism

Is Less More?

A pared-down approach is harder work than adding lots of embellishment. In many cases, a minimalist approach requires a lot more work than one with a lot of elaboration. To be a good minimalist designer you must have a lot of self-belief and be strong-minded enough not just to leave well alone but to have the confidence that your viewers will "get" what it is that you are trying to say, with the least number of clues and sign-posts to guide them.

We have brought together 12 minimalist designers who practise in various media to talk about the challenges their approach poses – and to prove that, although simple, minimalism never needs to be dull!


Andrew Townsend | Duane Dalton Design | Genís Carreras | Ilegal | Jonathan Calugi | Mágoz | Michal Bohdankiewicz | Post Projects | Steve Rura | Studio FNT | Studio Laucke Siebein | Studio Lin

Motion Gallery: Geometric Design

Moving in geometric circles

Geometry has always played an important role in the graphic arts and many of today’s animation movie-makers are attracted by its ability to achieve a unique visual equilibrium. We talked to four leading exponents about why they are so drawn to the grid. And in addition we feature 17 works by 13 motion experts that further demonstrate the advantages of knowing your Euclidian principles!


Koji Aramaki | M-I-E | Persistent Peril | Takafumi Tsuchiya and more!

Creative City: Montréal

Francophone centre of design excellence

Montréal has always been the capital of European influence in Canada. This French-speaking metropolis is an artistic as well as an economic hub and has played host to a series of renowned international events that have helped to put it on the global cultural map. Today, enriched by its ethnic and cultural diversity, it is promoting itself as a centre of creation and innovation, thanks in no little measure to its dynamic creative community. We have talked to six of the city’s finest contemporary design exponents to find out what makes it – and them – tick.


Atelier BangBang | Baillat Cardell & Fils | Emanuel Cohen | Paprika | Roadsworth | Vallee Duhamel

Craft: Threading it all together

Man vs. Machine | Melissa Godoy-Nieto | Shaun Kardinal


Marcel Hausler | Pau Pausa | Studio FNT | Lemonlife

Product Review: Unconventional products to whet your curiosity

Objektivist | Vertty | A-maze Paper | ShareTapes | Milktape | Peg and Awl | Paralife

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