This is a guest post by David B. at the Daily Reckoning. He is one of the smartest people I know, and I love his blog. It is a great read.
The term “retro-minimalism” can be used to describe a style of decorating in which minimalistic elements are used to create a cohesive and enjoyable atmosphere. In a similar manner, the term “minimalism” was created in the 1980’s to describe the minimalist look of the early twenty-first century.
In the early 1980s, when minimalism was first explored, it was meant to evoke a sense of simplicity. This same idea, in the form of minimalism, has been adopted by many contemporary artists, designers, and decorators. However, the term minimalist is not typically used as a general term to describe any style. For example, minimalist does not mean the absence of any elements, but rather the absence of unnecessary components.
We like to think of a minimalist as one who is minimal in their use of materials, color, or style. Minimalism is not a style per se, but a set of principles and guidelines that have been developed by many different designers and architects who apply them to their works. We think of minimalist as a style as we apply it to our own work.
The most obvious characteristic of a minimalist style is its use of few or no materials. They may use only minimal colors, such as white or black, or all color, but they do not use any texture. As a result, a minimalist style is much more about color, texture, and pattern than about materials.
Now while this might seem like it might not apply to you, the concept of minimalism is not a new one. It’s a style that has been around for a long time, but it’s especially popular in the last decade or so. I think the concept is more relevant than it was a few years ago, however, because people are using it more and more because the work is so visual and they can’t help themselves. It’s less about the materials and more about the style.
One of the biggest trends is the use of color and texture patterns in marketing campaigns. While minimalism can be said to be the style that most promotes it, its also the style that least used. What I mean is, when you see an image that is a lot darker or a lot lighter, you tend to think it’s the “minimalist” because of the use of color and textures.
That’s not to say they are not effective however, because they are, and I have seen some of the best marketing campaigns I’ve ever been involved in. I have also seen companies use minimalism to the extreme though, so if you are ever in a situation where you need to use minimalism in marketing, you should probably check out our posts on minimalism marketing.
I love seeing these kinds of visual styles because it gives you a sense of scale. If you are standing on a building and you see a building that is really small, like a house, you tend to think that its a tiny house. If you see a building from space, you might think that its the biggest building you have ever seen. If you see a building that is far away, you might think that its the biggest building you have ever seen.
This is why visual style is so important. Because the way you look and the way you think is a direct reflection of how you are feeling. When you sit in your office or your home or your office, you look forward to looking back on the experience and thinking, “Wow, that was really cool.” When you look out of your window and you see a different view, you might think that it’s the best view you’ve ever seen.