Design by Omission Published Thu Jan 31 16:30:00 SAST 2013
I like to design by omitting, by gradually subtracting each element and weighing its loss. Try to leave out that essential gradient, alluring drop-shadow, distracting emphasis and superfluous, leading adjective.
Form follows fashion when it should follow function, but fashion consists of [trends]. Trends in form are transient, but functional design never goes out of fashion.
Subtract until only useful [affordances] remain.
This is the path to [functional minimalism].
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