Less is More
As a designer it is easy to be overwhelmed by choice and one’s own creativity. The mark of a great designer will be what to edit out of a design as opposed to what to include and it’s important to strike a balance between these opposites. Some designers like to throw more into the mix and others apply more restraint. Neither approach is right or wrong, but for me, personally, as I mature (some may say I haven’t) I am drawn to the path of restraint. I have found to pare back a design requires a level of confidence about my work, allowing the purity of the design to shine through. This minimisation of my designs is also born from a yearning to simplify and de-clutter my life, which is reflective of a greater need for environmental austerity. That being said, my aim is to not strip designs of their complexity and interest to that of a clinical form, but rather simplify and strengthen their impact though clarity. Here are some great examples of this restrained design ethos by an international Polish architect firm, Tamizo.