Stay Curious by Nicholas Ginty (Gintron) won the Iconic Minimalism challenge, and I’d call it an excellent choice because it’s also my favorite design of the week. The basic concept is where the charm start for me- there’s just something really wonderful about taking one of the most complicated feats humanity has ever achieved (having a working robot on another planet) and presenting it in the simplest form possible. The simplicity also introduces some ambiguity into the art (is that circle in the sky the sun or the Earth?) the works nicely, while the clean, rounded lines help give the robot some personality (he looks so cheery and helpful!). A very successful design, with some quirky touches (like the unique style of the stars) that make it more memorable.
A Long Time Ago… by Vo Maria (vo maria) takes its cues from pop culture, transforming the iconic opening text from Star Wars into a minimal series of rectangles. It’s a neat design because it calls attention to just how familiar the image is- I imagine most observers will be able to immediately recognize the reference even though it’s just color choice and angle that give it away, and major fans can probably even recite at least some of the spiel with only this image as prompt. Plus, by replacing the text with rectangles, the art starts to feel a bit like we’re looking at text that has been censored- a Jedi message sent from deep space, blocked by the dark side. Surprisingly cool!
Pencil Lightning by Scott Fuller (studiotemporary) feels like a tribute to the power of creativity with its raised fist, pencil and lightning imagery. I really like the thickness of line used here, it feels strong and insistent, defiant even. But what really won me over with this piece is the details. I like the way the line dividing the pencil from the eraser just ever so subtly juts out from the pencil’s form. There’s a gentle curve at the head of the pencil that is just enough to make the whole form feel rounded instead of flat. The choice to blunt the tip of the lightning instead of leaving it a sharp point intrigues me, and helps to suggest that it is both bolt and arm instead of firmly one or the other. But I think my favorite moment is the way the bottom angle of the palm quietly mimics the angle of the bolt’s break below it. Smart work, and definitely less simple than it first appears.
It’s Going to Snow by Trevor Ede (Farnell) uses an asterisk-like shape to stand in for a snowflake. I like this choice because in addition to being more minimal and streamlined than something more traditionally snowflake-looking, it also creates another potential level of meaning when interpreted as an asterisk, as though it is being shown in place of the actual temperature. And that makes sense, because really who cares what the precise temperature is? When you’re looking for information about the weather, it’s the big picture stuff that’s more important, like whether you’re in a freaking blizzard. I like the way the light distressing is used as well- it reminds me of the way frost forms on windows on the coldest days.
Solar System by aparaat (aparaat) is a lot of fun because from a distance, it just looks like a black shirt with a yellow dot on it. But closer up, you see the real story- it’s a meditation on how small we are, with the sun and all the planets stacked in some approximation of their size. After the sun, Jupiter and Saturn come through pretty clearly. Earth, though, is almost invisible, a mere pinprick compared to some of the giants floating nearby. I think this visual captures just how awe-inspiring astronomy can be, and does it all with a really appealing simple style. I like that the sun gets a bit of texture to give it some dimension and create interest, but the rest of the piece sticks to basic solids. That technique helps make the sun seem to loom even larger on the fabric, always pulling the eye even when you try to venture lower to see the rest.
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