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Oct 02, 2017

Minimalist DIY: Finishing Up My 30-Day Workshop Purge

It's finally done. My first major step on my journey to have less stuff is complete. My shop was cluttered, inefficient, and completely out of hand; and now I'm back in control of my space. Well, mostly. Here's what I've learned from the first 30 days of purging my shop.   

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Jul 26, 2017

Minimalist DIY: What's Happening Halfway into My 30-Day Workshop Purge

I've heard it said that minimalism isn't really about "getting rid of stuff", it's about refining it down to the "right stuff". I'm halfway through a 30-day shop purge and I have a few lessons learned, a few personal reflections, and a lot more space. 

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Jul 13, 2017

Minimalist DIY: Taking on a 30-Day Workshop Purge

I hit my head hard a few days ago. It hurt. A lot. It was one of those moments when the pain made everything else just fade away for a moment; then it came flooding back. I was leaning over a pile of things I've moved too many times to count, and I slipped a bit and made solid contact with the equally solid cast iron top of my table saw. In that moment I uttered a familiar phrase "I need to get rid of this stuff" in a much more, uh, guttural vocabulary. I needed a change. I needed space.

And so, my 30 day minimalist shop challenge begins.   

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Mar 15, 2017

How to: Make a Minimalist Wood and Leather Key Holder

When Erin discovered Anne Steensgaard's CatchMe keyholder online, she became instantly obsessed. Functional, beautiful, and full of organic textures and charm. Unfortunately, the piece is only sold in Boila stores, which are all located in Denmark or Sweden. 

But, she knew she couldn't rest until she had some

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Apr 16, 2014

Classic Rock Band Names Simplified into Minimalist Icons

Madrid-based design and art firm Tata&Friends take a stab at icon design by creating these minimalist interpretations of some of their favorite rock and roll bands.    

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Jan 21, 2014

Famous Movie Quotes as Minimalist Charts

Flowing Data has assembled 100 great movie quotes and visualized them as simple, black and white charts. The process works better with some than others, of course, but when they nail it, they nail it.    

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Nov 11, 2013

Super Minimalist Movie Posters by Michal Krasnopolski

Polish artist Michal Krasnopolski has taken the minimalist pop culture trend to its most, um, minimalist. Using only straight lines and a single circle, Michal summarizes dominant imagery of the film, or creates a reduced version on its (existing) iconic poster. 

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Jan 22, 2013

Minimalist Movie Posters Summarize Plots with Pictograms

Designer Matteo Civaschi of Milan-based creative studio H-57 just completed a series of movie posters, dubbed "Shortology", which use ultra-minimalist pictograms to summarize the film's story arc.   

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Jan 03, 2013

Minimalist Group Portraits of Cult Movie Characters

Artist Ale Giorgini has a created a (rather large) collection of vintage-inspired collections of his favorite movie characters. Illustrated and stylized without being cartoon-y, each piece features the cast and a creative inclusion of the title somewhere within the limited color palette.    

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Aug 30, 2012

WTF? Posters

Buenos Aires-based creative firm Minga created this clever series of minimalist WTF? posters, exploring those moments when life just doesn't follow the expectations you've come to count on...

   

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May 25, 2012

Brand Spirit: Mass Marketed Items Reduced to Their Purest Forms

Imagine you went to a big box discount store, picked up a bunch of small items covered in their own logos, brand identities, and promotions, took them home, and spraypainted them matte white.

Andrew Miller, of the New

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Mar 19, 2012

Famous Cartoon Characters Reimagined as Minimalist LEGO Art

Phew...what a weird post to try to title. But one look at these photos, and you'll get exactly what German ad agency Jung von Matt created for Danish toy brick makers, LEGO. (Yeah, they're from Denmark. Neat, huh?)

   

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Jan 16, 2012

Test Your Movie Knowledge with Film Alphabet Posters

British designer and artist Stephen Wildish has created these great and challenging movie alphabets, organized by decade. You'll certainly recognize some, but the task is surprisingly hard.

How many can you guess?

My scores:      

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Nov 03, 2011

Clever Minimalist Movie Posters

Arkansas-based artist Matt Owens recently completed a series of well-designed and tongue-in-cheek minimalist movie posters of some of his favorite films.

   

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Oct 20, 2011

Minimalist Philosophies

London-based designer Genis Carreras has created philographics - minimalist graphic explanations of various complex philosophies and other isms.

   

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Oct 05, 2011

The Most Popular Infographics on the Internet

If 2010 and 2011 were the year of any online phenomenon, they were the height of the infographic - highly visual organizations of, well, things that make you go "huh..."

Designer

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Aug 29, 2011

Famous Lives in Minimalist Pictogram Flowcharts

Hundreds of books have been written about each subject in Milan-based design agency H-57's minimalist pictogram posters, but there's something equally striking about how the vintage graphic imagery can convey the lives of characters as diverse as Marie Antoinette to Jesus to Michael Jackson.

   

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Mar 28, 2011

Minimalist Mental Disorders

British designer Patrick Smith was doing some research into different emotional and mental disorders, and set about the task of conveying them in a graphic, minimalist style. He says, 

"My aim was to start a dialogue in the digitally savvy community and hopefully raise awareness by spreading the posters. As a long term goal I wanted to involve a mental health charity."

The results are a engaging and beautiful take on trying to capture emotions visually, and with just a few geometric shapes.

  

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