With fast computers, crisp screens, and so many filters and special effects available, digital artists are developing lusher, more detailed designs than ever before. But at the same time, we’ve noticed a number of artists reacting against this trend by returning to minimalism: Poignant and powerful designs that reduce a subject to its most basic elements. Minimalism is closely associated with post-World-War-II modernists, but today we’re seeing a surge of interest in the style, especially on blogs. This is partly driven by new ideas in interface design, where simple products are more appealing.
Creating more with less can be a stimulating challenge. The best minimalists work like poets, boiling a subject down to simple shapes, and incorporate something wise or witty, often a visual pun. Contemporary graphic artists like Jason Munn and Federico Mancosu have developed cult followings online for their minimalist takes on music and movies.
We spent a few days recently combing through the Shutterstock collection for cool examples of minimalist design. Take a look at our selections below, and see more examples in our new minimalism light box. All of these images are available to Shutterstock customers as EPS-format vector illustrations.
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