Less is more. Or maybe, less is a bore. Perhaps, less is only more when more is no good.
Regardless of whether you agree with the modernist motto of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe ("Less is more") or the counterpoints presented by Robert Venturi ("Less is a bore") and Frank Lloyd Wright ("Less is only more when more is no good"), "less is more" still stands strong as an accepted design rule. Never Use White Type on a Black Background, a new book by Netherlands-based BIS Publishers, puts 51 "ridiculous design rules" on the table for debate.
August 11, 2009