Originally Posted By digitalops-deactivated20130601

7 Japanese aesthetic principles to change your thinking

mnmal:

A cool post at Presentation Zen, from the article:

Kanso (簡素) Simplicity or elimination of clutter. Things are expressed in a plain, simple, natural manner. Reminds us to think not in terms of decoration but in terms of clarity, a kind of clarity that may be achieved through omission or exclusion of the non-essential.

Fukinsei (不均整)
Asymmetry or irregularity. The idea of controlling balance in a composition via irregularity and asymmetry is a central tenet of the Zen aesthetic. The enso (“Zen circle”) in brush painting, for example, is often drawn as an incomplete circle, symbolizing the imperfection that is part of existence. In graphic design too asymmetrical balance is a dynamic, beautiful thing. Try looking for (or creating) beauty in balanced asymmetry. Nature itself is full of beauty and harmonious relationships that are asymmetrical yet balanced. This is a dynamic beauty that attracts and engages.

Shibui/Shibumi (渋味)
Beautiful by being understated, or by being precisely what it was meant to be and not elaborated upon. Direct and simple way, without being flashy. Elegant simplicity, articulate brevity. The term is sometimes used today to describe something cool but beautifully minimalist, including technology and some consumer products. (Shibui literally means bitter tasting).

Shizen (自然) Naturalness. Absence of pretense or artificiality, full creative intent unforced. Ironically, the spontaneous nature of the Japanese garden that the viewer perceives is not accidental. This is a reminder that design is not an accident, even when we are trying to create a natural-feeling environment. It is not a raw nature as such but one with more purpose and intention.

Yugen (幽玄)
Profundity or suggestion rather than revelation. A Japanese garden, for example, can be said to be a collection of subtleties and symbolic elements. Photographers and designers can surely think of many ways to visually imply more by not showing the whole, that is, showing more by showing less.

Datsuzoku (脱俗) Freedom from habit or formula. Escape from daily routine or the ordinary. Unworldly. Transcending the conventional. This principles describes the feeling of surprise and a bit of amazement when one realizes they can have freedom from the conventional. Professor Tierney says that the Japanese garden itself, “…made with the raw materials of nature and its success in revealing the essence of natural things to us is an ultimate surprise. Many surprises await at almost every turn in a Japanese Garden.” 

Seijaku (静寂)
Tranquility or an energized calm (quite), stillness, solitude. This is related to the feeling you may have when in a Japanese garden. The opposite feeling to one expressed by seijaku would be noise and disturbance. How might we bring a feeling of “active calm” and stillness to ephemeral designs outside the Zen arts?

I’ve noticed a nice new trend in web / cloud apps recently. Apps where the homepage is an editable version of the service itself, explaining the service while also giving you a one-click option to save your own unique instance to share or come back to.

The example that inspired this post was this very useful Lean Business Model creator: http://www.netprofess.com/canvas.php but a similarly well-executed example is this great cloud-based notepad: http://notepad.cc/.

This is such a nice way of showing off your app and encouraging people to play with and explore it. You’re completely removing all barriers to entry and turning visitors into users without them even thinking about it.

Originally Posted By eatyourownears

fantastic video of Wildbirds & Peacedrums performing in a boxing gym.

eatyourownears:

Tuesday Video

Wildbirds and Peacedrums

Check out the singular Wildbirds and Peacedrums at a world renowned boxing gym. The duo bring their percussive free falling folk to the table while the regulars spar. They didn’t know what hit them and neither do we.

(They play for Eat Your Own Ears on the 27th of November)

VIA

Originally Posted By katybeale

katybeale:

Information is beautiful: The Guardian’s BBC-O-Gram showing BBC spending in an easily digestible format. A response to the recently announced cuts including the binning of the fantastic digital radio station 6Music and being told to stop buying in content like gripping drama Mad Men. Click to see more detail.

katybeale:

Information is beautiful: The Guardian’s BBC-O-Gram showing BBC spending in an easily digestible format. A response to the recently announced cuts including the binning of the fantastic digital radio station 6Music and being told to stop buying in content like gripping drama Mad Men. Click to see more detail.

Originally Posted By rhysisterix

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