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Some Thoughts on Subtraction

17 August 2008 / general, reference

I was fortunate several years ago to work with designer (Alexander) Gelman, an extraordinary thinker and creator with immense rigor. His practice involves mercilessly eschewing the extraneous, in order to distill the essential. Among other books, Gelman is editor of the Subtraction compilation which illustrates this idea very articulately. Gelman’s vocabulary helped clarify my ideas on the subject.

Today while purchasing coffee I came across the quote below and so I have decided to compile, here,
Some Quotations and Thoughts on Subtraction:

  • In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.
    —Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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