just enough is more

Being a child of modernism I have heard this mantra all my life. Less is more. One morning upon awakening I realised that it was total nonsense, it is an absurd proposition and also fairly meaningless. But it sounds great because it contains within it a paradox that is resistant to understanding. But it simply does not obtain when you think about the visual of the history of the world. If you look at a Persian rug, you cannot say that less is more because you realise that every part of that rug, every change of colour, every shift in form is absolutely essential for its aesthetic success. You cannot prove to me that a solid blue rug is in any way superior. That also goes for the work of Gaudi, Persian miniatures, art nouveau and everything else. However, I have an alternative to the proposition that I believe is more appropriate. ‘Just enough is more.’

Well put. Part of Milton Glaser’s Ten Things I Have Learned 2001 AIGA Talk

I rarely get a chance to go online during the day, but by the time I get on in the evening, BJ has added a ton of new things to our tumblr (Can’t take any credit. He does all the work!). I love checking Thuy’s too.