I’m a big fan of minimalist design. To distill something down to the essence is akin to creating a logo and writing poetry, and it’s really impressive when done well. This is true with minimalist posters —for examples check out brainpicking.org’s article with ones of classic children’s literature and a Tumblr showcasing minimalist posters of movies.
But what if the minimal goes too far? What if the concept being represented becomes too abstract? The design could become so hard to figure out that the poster needs an explanation to accompany it; otherwise, the viewer is left scratching his/her head and thinking, “Huh?” Some examples might be these…
For the last one, I didn’t add a title because I wanted to put it up for sale at Society6, and I wasn’t sure if someone may buy it and toss it up on their wall would want a label on it. Wanna guess what the abstract design depicts? Hint: nature.