How time flies. In the blink of an eye, midterms are upon us and summer is slowly creeping in. When times get busy and life seems too hectic, there is one mentality that holds true; less is more by Mies Van der Rohe.
As students, designers and just simply human beings, we all benefit from a little streamlining. When it comes to our school schedules, work engagements and personal lives, how is it that some people seem to do it all, and quite well might I add, while others zombie through life tired and overwhelmed? Many may argue that this presence of efficiency is just based on one’s personal style and intelligence, I on the other hand, beg to differ.
Who could have said it better than architect Mies Van der Rohe himself? With his life vision dedicated to less being more and finding the beauty within the simplicity of things, he outwardly rejected elaborate ornamentation, and allowed for a true appreciation of the basic form. Mid-century modern, then became more than just minimalistic and simple design. With Mies Van der Rohe at the forefront of this movement, less is more became a lifestyle and a mentality for everyone. Mies understood the human brain and how rare items (less quantity of something) led to a greater perceived value. He then capitalized on this simple fact and sculpted his entire life around it.
To bring this point full circle, as design students and professionals alike, I highly urge all of us to rethink or maybe even redesign our lives. Our time is precious and our efforts should be maximized. Everyone has the ability to do so, and the first step starts with prioritization! Ever hear about the 80/20 rule, that 80% of your happiness and output stems from 20% of your input? Statistically proven, this rule is applicable to almost everything. When used properly, it will bring about a better and a more healthy life. From 20% of our time producing 80% of our work, to 20% of our contacts providing 80% of our connections, all examples of this rule align with less being more. Although Mies Van der Rohe may have channeled this idea through architecture and design, many of us use this rule to refocus and recreate our lives. As design students, we have the best of both worlds!
With all this being said, we at ASID UCLA Extension are dedicated to providing value and content to our readers. Along with the 80/20 rule, we try to maximize the value that all our services bring. Thus, we will be announcing a future change for our newsletters. Starting in June, newsletters will be shifting from bi-monthly to monthly basis. Moving forward, we will concentrate on bringing more value and insight to each monthly release. With this shift, we can then better assess what our readers want to read, and what sections or ideas they most benefit from!
Until next time,
President, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board