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If I want a stereo, I’ll get an I-pod for on-the-go and for home.
If I want a camera I’ll get one of these, (preferably in grey/silver for me, please.)
If I want a kitchen timer, I’ll get a chicken kitchen timer, better still.
And if I want a recipe book, I’ll buy a recipe book.
That’s not all here’s what else the smartphone, does….it’s a…
- Map book
- Address Book
- Remote Control
In a prior post, the author provides information on a very simple mobile phone, that is very functional. However, I want something functional – to a point. It has to be well designed, too. But when all is said, a phone is a phone.
What’s what: A phone is a phone…a stereo is a stereo, a remote control is a remote control, a kitchen timer is a kitchen time and a recipe book is a recipe book. You get the picture.
Interesting book discussed in this article, The Book of Tea, a Japanese book, from one hundred years ago. I like the minimalism symbolised by the Japanese tearoom, they were into the same stuff as us – minimalism from old times. :). Here’s a little excerpt from the article.
Lessons are everywhere — even in something as seemingly unrelated to our lives as the traditional Japanese tearoom — we just need to stretch our imaginations a bit. A few principles from the Japanese tearoom or Sukiya are described simply and beautifully in the famous The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo (my copy), a small book first published over 100 years ago. The Japanese conception of Sukiya, according to Okakura, may signify an Abode of Fancy, an Abode of Vacancy, … “Fancy” in this case does not mean decorative, ornate, or posh, but rather refers to the artistic and poetic impulse for which the structure was meant to house. The tearoom is made for the tea master, Okakura says, not the tea master for the tearoom. “It is not intended for posterity and is therefore ephemeral.” It’s not that posterity is completely unimportant, only that “…we should seek to enjoy the present more.” Recognizing the ephemerality of it all — whether we are speaking of the art of presentation or of the finer art of life in general — helps us to remain in the present, right here right now. This is the first simple lesson to take away. Yet it is the idea of vacancy that may have more obvious and immediate utility for you in terms of design and visual communication.
Vacancy and emptiness
The tearoom is an abode of vacancy, says, Okakura, because it is devoid or ornamentation except for the bare minimum placed to fulfill an aesthetic need of the moment. The room is essentially empty. Just as two pieces of music can not be enjoyed at the same time, one can not comprehend or appreciate the beauty of the moment without a clear focal point or “central motive.” Conflicting focal points would be a distraction. Abundance of vacant space allows for the clear existence of a focal point and the participation of the viewer to complete that which has been left incomplete or that which is only suggested. Whether we’re talking about the aesthetic of the tearoom or our own work, there is no place for clutter and the superfluous as these harm clarity and introduce confusion. There is no place for the nonessential or “a vulgar display of riches” as Okakura puts it. The key idea here is simplicity, of course, but also the idea of embracing change. Life is in constant motion and the only thing certain, in fact, is change. The items used to create a central theme in the tearoom are not fixed, but like life itself, will change depending on the occasion or the season. The idea of emptiness itself, then, also hints of the potential for growth and improvement and possibilities, that is, of change. Our ideas and our presentation — whatever kind of presentation we’re talking about — also must change to fit the time, place, and occasion (TPO, a common expression in business in Japan).
YOU MAY HAVE READ some of my poems encased in my prior articles. Articles or ‘blogposts’ can become literary works of a sort in the making, if you aren’t the ranting style of Blogger, which would be fair enough.
Suffice to say, depending on how you choose to write, these later can make up the content of complete books. Therefore, to me, articles are an artform: Art-ticle = Art. Just like poetry and paintings are, at the root of it.
In no particular order, here’s a selection of the poetry books I have self-published online this year, it’s on a free ebook site. You can too costs start at $5 per e-book. These are Google pics (see above).
I don’t think I want to use yet another different cover in future from Google search engines. There are number of Samurai warrior art pictures I used for the e-books.
I need a simple logo for New Alchemy Poetry, like a picture of an elixir bottle symbol as a logo and a top-notch designer to create it for me. Nothing more than a logo. That would help simplify the presentation of the poetry, the product, and condense it into one single image, repeated. That’s how I want to do my minimalist art, at least for these poetry books, personally speaking.
Over this period of writing poetry this past year, I realise that, after some 14,000 downloads in total (and counting), that perhaps I could do myself a favour by beginning to charge for a super delux version of these poems in one bumper edition, with bonus material. That would be over 100 poems or more.
I feel it will have further impact if I reorganise the material into themes, perhaps. I am working on alternative collections which will do that, and to splice together the poems of similar theme from the material we have here, perhaps to form a series of larger poems.
There are other more upmarket sites for my material that I am considering now. I think it’s good some of my work is rooted with this fab site, though! I am still honoured for their promotion and their services continue to assist.
To download my poetry, for free you are welcome to do so. The links are as follows:
Do let me know what you think, I would be interested to hear your feedback. You can leave comments at the site, here or on Twitter, always welcome. Thankyou.
I love music, (yes, even A-ha) and the albums I like, I replay them over and over, I end up loving to death…I wonder if you are the same?
Anyway, so I decided that I can’t keep listening to these old songs of the past ten years. Of course, there’s more. There’s tonnes. Nostalgia is a very heavy emotion
, that can be debilitating if you’re anything like me, or comforting in small doses. I love 80s synth. It’s just something to do with my childhood. But I don’t have time to get lost in the past, all the time now, and consciously try to stay present. Yes, the above are classics, soundtracks to the course of life walked thus far in actual fact. There are all sorts of memories and feelings that these albums contain for me. They are records in every sense of the word. Of the times, our culture, and our intimate emotional world of our personal lives.
I affirm the importance of these experiences, and might listen to these albums, when I reminisce. These records having shaped me as a person, and inspiring me. But in order to live in the present more fully, we have to embrace the present. It’s the emotion of being too stuck in the past that I’m concerned with here.
So I threw these out. — No — I felt alot happier for it. Although records are material, they can still have an existence in one’s heart, that’s how powerful music is . That said, for the most part, the emotional clutter is cleaned out, and you might be opened to listening to new inspirational music, finding new music to reflect who you are today, as well.
A short and sweet post, for today. Look here! I am not a fashion expert, and don’t claim to be such. So I haven’t included the prices of the above and where to find them. I like to think that I, hopefully, do have some taste in clothes, though. As well as style, comfort is essential. This is where the minimalism comes in: the minimalist may favour clothes that are are not too heavy or burdensome to wear, that feels good. I just want to give a few examples of such minimalist clothing and footwear, you might have a few articles you might want to add to this list or of your own.
I used to wear my black leather jacket alot. It’s a tough, heavy duty item, that I suppose will last a while because it’s durable. Super comfortable it aint, especially when I could be wearing something like a sleeveless jacket (see above). The difference is in the sleeves: without sleeves your arms are freed up, it’s really comfortable.
The centre pic is of a girl wearing 3/4 length trousers — which feel light to wear. Blokes can wear 3/4’s too, just the shorter length brings a lightness, but you might prefer something slightly looser and casual.
The pic on the right is of a pair of plimsoles. I bought an Adiddas brand of these in understated black. Laces are long tings to use a local London expression! Excuse the pun. They are a hassle to tie up and they come undone. So there you have it, other minimalists are sure to have other takes on this so I am just giving my slant on the topic.
My 257 words for today.