As of recent I have been spending a large amount of time researching the minimal lifestyle for a photography and design project. As many aspiring young designers may think, as I know I did, I considered minimalism as a a form of design, art and style. My photography plays a lot on symmetry and “pristine perfection” and minimal content. My work as you can also tell from my website design is simple. But many may consider this as a boring and easy way out, in fact one of the most influential pieces of information I have ever leant about effective communication design is that simple is better. Simple is good design but not always an easy solution. What does this have to do with a minimalistic lifestyle?
Minimalists live their lives based on the value that they surround themselves with solely the things they need on a regular basis rather than what they want in order to live a happier and fulfilling life. A lot like communication design, in order to effectively and happily communicate to viewers the design needs to be minimal, full of the “stuff” or information that you need to include not the “decoration” that unnecessarily clutters the desired point of communication.
I am upmost intrigued in this type of lifestyle. Ive spent a great deal of time on theminimalists.com (if you get a chance check them out), the philosophy is not only inspiring but also educational for future generations. As we are in a world where wants come before needs we can only help but educate others. Personally I could never adapt to a minimalist lifestyle as I know myself all to well, but researching it has definitely made me think twice about the way I live to the point where I am taking some of their points on board.
De cluttering your life could lead to a de cluttering of the mind which can also lead to a fresher outtake on life and on the way you design. As reading one of the essays on theminimalists.com I came across an interesting ideal that I can say is also a great piece of advice for anyone wanting to de clutter. “You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you”. Now i wouldn’t say that this means get rid of everyone in your life that clutters your mind, I would say for me this means to surround yourself with people that encourage, inspire and most of all are there for not only the good times but the bad. In a nutshell, people that have a positive affect in your life, people that ultimately make you smile for the long term not the short.
This will not only have an affect on your lifestyle but also a positive affect on the outcomes of your creative thinking.