After doing my summer work and identifying designers and object which inspire me and that I identify myself with, I have decided that minimalism is something I need to look into further as I really enjoy design which has a minimal and simplistic aesthetic to them.
Minimalism was a major movement in the 1960s, as artists moved away from trying to replicate something in the real world but rather make the art a thing in itself. It was aiming to extend the abstract idea that art should have its own reality and not be an imitation of some other thing. Important artists such as Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin and Robert Morris sough to focus one on the materials of the piece and only respond to what is in-front of them.
Aesthetically minimalism offered purity in form, order and simplicity. Whilst I am not a big fan of minimalist art, I like some of the concepts behind the movement. Minimalism in the context of design is what I find most stimulating.
Being minimalist in design means only using what is completely necessary for the design. But it is more than just this, building on those concepts from the original movements, minimalist design focuses the user or viewer on the form, function and materials of the object, rather than decorating the object with complex patterns and shapes. This gives the object a clean, uninterrupted aesthetic of minimalism. .
Information gathered from- http://www.tate.org.uk/learn/online-resources/glossary/m/minimalism , http://www.theartstory.org/movement-minimalism.htm , http://www.artmovements.co.uk/minimalism.htm