Ten design lessons from Ikebana
- Space is as important as positive elements. Learn to see space.
- Space allows other elements to “breathe” and connect.
- Empty space is a powerful amplifier, helping to create a whole that is more engaging than the mere sum of the individual parts.
- Suggestion and subtlety in design engages the viewer, allowing them to complete the uncompleted.
- Arrangements (designs) should stimulate the imagination of the viewer.
- In formality there exists creativity and freedom of expression. No structure, no freedom.
- In simplicity there exists clarity, beauty and meaning.
- Asymmetrical balance is natural, dynamic, and engaging.
- For the designer (or artist), focus, calm, gentleness and vision are more important qualities than raw enthusiasm. Slow down your busy mind.
- Careful arrangement of the elements based on solid principles creates beauty and engagement without decoration.
(From the book: Presentation Zen Design: Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations, by Garr Reynolds)