Minimalism: Designing Simplicity by Hartmut Obendorf (auth.)

By Hartmut Obendorf (auth.)

In this age of complexity, easy, strong platforms are an excellent of interplay layout. This e-book introduces minimalism and is helping to make experience of aid, and in doing so unravels a number of the mysteries of simplicity. Minimalism turns into a necessary device to aid visualise the straightforward, and to unveil and instantiate styles for designing simplicity.

Divided into 5 components, the 1st offers an creation to the concept that of minimalism and overviews the most topics coated within the ebook; half retraces the heritage of minimalism in artwork and track illustrating the breadth of suggestions underlying works characterised as minimum, and displaying the recurrence of those attributes in several disciplines. 4 varieties of minimalism for interplay layout are outlined. The 3rd half connects the strategies built within the e-book to present considering in HCI, analyzing norms, principles and directions. partly 4, the simplicity of actual designs is tested from a minimum viewpoint, and instruments for various varieties of relief in layout are mentioned. the ultimate part returns to extra theoretical discussions of the notions of minimalism, re-evaluating the product and strategy threads for the adjustments caused for the knowledge of minimalism and the relation of aesthetics and minimalism in layout. The booklet concludes with a glance at concerns and barriers that lie unanswered, and a few in their attainable resolutions.

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1 The Origins of Minimal Music I have spent many pleasant hours in the woods conducting performances of my silent piece. for an audience of myself, since they were much longer than the popular length which I have published. At one performance. the second movement was extremely dramatic, beginning with the sounds of a buck and a doe leaping up to within ten feet of my rocky podium. — John Cage, Silence: Lectures and Writings After studying classical avant-garde with Arnold Schonberg in Los Angeles in ¨ 1934, John Cage became one of the main protagonists of ‘‘Concept Music’’, a style of music where the composition dominated the performance.

Until today, no single definition has been agreed upon and some authors even deny its H. 1007/978-1-84882-371-6_2, Ó Springer-Verlag London Limited 2009 21 22 2 In Search of ‘‘Minimalism’’ possibility. To clarify the relative nature of the term, some recent examples are restated here: Minimalism – ‘‘an artistic tendency whose ‘organizing principles’ were ‘the right angle, the square and the cube . . rendered with a minimum of incident or compositional maneuvering’’’ (Colpitt, 1990, 1). Minimalism – ‘‘a movement, primarily in postwar America, towards an art – visual, musical, literary, or otherwise – that makes its statement with limited, if not the fewest possible, resources’’ (Strickland, 2000, 7).

That was] boringly minimal in content’’ (quoted in Meyer, 2001, 82). , 82). Fig. # VG Bild+Kunst, Bonn 2008 34 2 In Search of ‘‘Minimalism’’ The object character of minimal sculpture sharply contrasted even the most minimal painting. As one of the most radical protagonists of minimal sculpture, Dan Flavin used fluorescent light tubes for his works (Fig. , 92). Painting expert, Bob Rosenblum, noted that Flavin had thus ‘‘destroyed painting’’ for him (Judd, 1975, 189). Fig. 8 Dan Flavin: The Nominal Three (to William of Ockham), 1963.

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