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Lessons learned from Michelangelo.

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Erika Jacoby

Less is more.

One of the greatest artists of the 16th century, Michelangelo is best known for two of his masterpiece sculptures: David and The Pieta. And although he insisted that painting was not his profession, his ceiling frescos at the Sistine Chapel are considered some of the most influential works of art in history. During the early months of work, Michelangelo came to realize that the compositions of his first three panels were crowded. One of these

Photos of Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam and The Great Flood

was The Great Flood; it lacked the simplicity which he came to master later on with one of his best known panels: The Creation of Adam.

My point simply is what we can learn from this versatile Renaissance man. Michelangelo was better able to visually tell a story with less elements as he progressed with each panel. As we take on our next project, whether creating a new website, a mobile-friendly interface or a corporate brochure, think not how to fill every square inch but how to utilize your space aesthetically and functionally to achieve its ultimate purpose. By doing so, I think that you will find that less truly is more when it comes to visual communications.

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One Comment on Lessons learned from Michelangelo.

  • avatar Piper Smith March 2nd, 2010 9:30 pm

    Great article!


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