The icons are inspired by a recent interest in Minimalism Vs Maximalism. The approach of this project is purely a visual-design strategy. I started the project with no colours as a jumping-off point, using lines as a storytelling device to create icons and build illustrations. These allows for minimalist and maximalism to co-exists.
Decades before minimalism was a trend, it was a visual art movement in the era following World War II. It emerged as a reaction to the chaotic colors, motion, and marked subjectivity often found in abstract expressionists works. It was heavily influenced by the famous German art movement Bauhaus, which focused on simple yet functional design.
In the 1960s, minimalism became popular in a variety of fields, particularly fine art and architecture. In visual art, minimalism was characterized by monochromatic palettes, geometric elements, serial arrangements, and industrial materials.
The philosophy and the historical context of Minimalism Vs Maximalism can be complex. To better grasp and apply both minimalist and maximalists principles, I needed to understand both the origins and both fundamental characteristics.
Maximalism = More is More
Minimalism = Less is More
I was also influenced by Constructionism which was an extension of constructivism in Britain from about 1950, with artists using naturally occurring proportional systems and rhythms to underpin their geometrical art. I cut or hide unimportant elements in pursuit of a minimalist and maximalism design for its own sake.
Clean lines, simplicity, and no use of colour made the icons have a coherent design style.
“Less is more”
The simplistic ideals of Bauhaus have also had a profound influence on my design philosophy. The illustrations can be summed up as very logical, clear, and concise. The clean lines allow for Maximalism to contrast well with minimalism.
“More is more”