How simple does design have to be to be called minimal?

Monday, 2 November, 2009

A simple explanation of the difference between minimal design and simple design.

My own view is that minimalism has come to represent a style and as such is limited in its usefulness. It represents a reaction to complexity whereas simplicity relies on an understanding of the complex. This is an important difference. One is about the surface, about the stuff. The other is about our experience and requires a deep appreciation of how things work so as to make them just simple enough.

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