The design process is often an experiment in taking things away. Much like you crop a photo so that its composition is just right or remove extraneous elements in favour of white space. It’s not that the unseen portion of the photo is necessarily bad, nor that what you pared away from a layout is not pretty. Staying clear with your message requires pruning.
This image, above, is by reader Melissa Chao. It shows the scraps of paper that she trims away from her greeting cards. The rough edges weren’t useful on her cards, but they are beautiful in their own right and I’m glad she saw shared them with us.
The UPPERCASE website was becoming overgrown, so I’ve been working on changing things up over there. I’m decluttering, with the intention to make more content accessible. It is a work in progress, so you’ll see me experimenting there over the weeks to come.
I’m in total makeover mode, it seems! Maybe I should take this attitude go for a radical new haircut. (I’ve been too busy to get a haircut for oh, about eight months.) Or I could really be adventurous and dye my hair, something I’ve never dared to do.
hmm... It's far easier with typefaces and pixels and the command-z key!