Monday, October 10, 2005

The Abuse of "Less is More"

Signal vs. Noise's “Less is More” is Bullshit highlighted the problem with origins of phrases being mutated and abuse in the info-culture we drown in today. Here is the reply I posted;

From my understanding, the phrase "Less is more" comes from the Bauhaus movement in the 1920s. More specifically by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to describe his aesthetic tactics of flattening and emphasizing the building's frame, eliminating interior walls and adopting an open plan, and reducing the structure to a strong, transparent, elegant skin. In essence creating a minimalistic space with more function.

I believe its more the people who adopt and abuse the phrase today that's the problem, not the original meaning. "Less is more" is not semantics or bullshite, but inappropriately used in all design related fields without much thinking.


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