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Minimalist Super Heroes

Fabian Glez created this minimalist poster featuring 77 super heroes. How many can you name?

Fabian Glez: Minimalist Super Heroes

Update: Minimalist villains!

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NickNov 30, 2010
 
Tagged with: Comics, Minimalism

Mechanical Perspective Chair

Architecture meets minimalism meets optical illusions with Artem Zigert's Mechanical Perspective chair.

Artem Zigert: Mechanical Perspective Chair

Via, Core77 via Mocoloco.

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NickNov 23, 2010
 

Reverse Geocache Puzzle

By leaving out any kind of instructions for his Reverse Geocache Puzzle Box, Mikal Hart achieves a kind of minimalist experiential design, leaving plenty of room for imagination, chance, and discovery.

Here’s a much abbreviated version of the scenario:

Imagine receiving a little wooden box that looks like it holds a treasure. The box cannot be opened. There is a button on top and an LCD display. You press the button and the display reads, "This is attempt 1 of 50. Distance: 55km. *Access Denied* Powering off...". The next time you press the button, in a different location: "Attempt 2 of 50" and a different "Distance" reading. And so on, until you’ve figured out that the box, equipped with a GPS inside, is leading you to one specific location where the box can be opened and the treasure inside it claimed.

His full writeup is here.

Via Cultureby

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AndreaNov 10, 2010
 
Tagged with: Games, GPS, Maps, Minimalism, Puzzles

USA Simple

Less is Better in this minimalist USA map.

Check out this minimalist USA map by Patrick Mahoney.

USA Simple

Nifty.

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PaulOct 29, 2010
 

Minimalist World Warriors

Dig this Street Fighter 2 art by infinitecontinues. It's not only the colors that make it effective, but the scale and proportions. That's some strong character design!

Infinitecontinues: Minimalist Street Fighter 2
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NickOct 19, 2010
 
Tagged with: Minimalism, Video Games

Save the Bag, Carry a Sticker

Saw this today at Target: a proof-of-purchase sticker that doubles as a plastic carrying handle. Clever!

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NickOct 12, 2010
 

Thin Black Lines

Love this new exhibition by Nendo. Made from bent tubular steel, the pieces play with the idea of outline both visually and structurally.

Nendo - Thin Black Lines
Nendo - Thin Black Lines

Via.

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NickSep 9, 2010
 
Tagged with: Furniture, Line, Minimalism

Simplicity Is Highly Overrated

My thought for the day is from this essay by Don Norman.

A complex washing machine interface
Image from a photo by Alexis Brion

Logic and reason, I have to keep explaining, are wonderful virtues, but they are irrelevant in describing human behavior. Trying to prove a point through intelligent, reasonable argumentation is what I call the “engineer’s fallacy.” (Also, the economist’s fallacy.”) We have to design for the way people really behave, not as engineers or economists would prefer them to behave.

As designers who favor restraint and minimalism, Norman's thesis is frustrating: people say they want simplicity, but in practice they really don't.

But I think he has a good point. When most of us see less, our instinct is to think we're getting less; fewer features and less control. And paying more to (apparently) get less is bound to set off our BS detectors. Confronted between two options, we're bound to go with the more complex choice because of perceived value.

Norman isn't suggesting we give up on simplicity, but today he reminded me that while achieving it isn't easy, selling it is even harder.

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NickSep 7, 2010
 
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