Creative Minimalist Posters

Have you ever been asked to make a poster but was given a copy text that had no more than three details? Or the opposite, where you were given an overload of details and thought to yourself, “how tf am I supposed to put all this without it looking like a mess?”

The answer, my friends, is minimalism. Now, some people find minimalism to be a bit too simple. So how do you make a minimalist layout “creative”? Here are some inspirations that I found from the trusty, Pinterest.

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Now, I don’t know what this poster says, but I love the use of color here. A red-orange with a simple image of a man, the use of typography–the cropped letters, and that vector “pants” (LOL). So many elements in here but it’s not messy.

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Geometric designs and monochromatic images are two trends that you can find in this poster. The smart use of triangles, and placement of the text are in synch. Very hipster, if you ask me…

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I sometimes like to describe layouts like these as basic. The use of basic colors in chunky blocks, and a basic font type in black. The layout is very symmetric that you could imagine the amount of Guides in AI (Adobe Illustrator) the artist used to make this layout. It’s simple, but eye-catching.

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Red is bold, and sometimes not preferred because it is visually too strong for the eyes to handle. But I’m guessing the artist here thought “there’s only a few text and I need it to stand out. What the heck. Red it is.” Smart.

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This poster here has a lot of information, but the artist managed to put a huge amount of space in the middle. The use of the image to capture its audience is a smart move. They were trying to attract artists to hire, which means the creator of this poster knows how to grab his target audience’s attention.

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The use of patterns are as old school as the existence of patterns. When all other design studies fail, patterns and abstract designs are here to save the day!

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A bold text to grab attention, a script font to add a bit of fanciness and/or to subtle down the bold font, and a thin font for details to differ itself from the bold font. A very smart use of typography going on here.

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What I love about this poster is the use of letters to give its audience an understanding of what it’s all about upon first sight. If you’re interested in typography, then you know what I mean. Again, the artist here knows how to grab the attention of his target audience.

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Now I don’t know what attracted me so much to this poster. I do not know what it says but I love it ‘cuz it just screams creative minimalism to me. Again, a bold font to grab attention, then thin fonts to give you the details. Amazing.

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What I like about this poster are the graphic elements. But the layout itself is what makes this stunning. It’s so simple, but you would stop and stare at it. It’s a layout that you don’t see everyday. It’s different!

Coworking Spaces in Cebu City, Philippines

For the whole month of August, I have visited four different coworking spaces in Cebu City. I visited one coworking space every week for a whole week just to try them out. It was quite an adventure, I would say. There were differences in price, but the ambiance of most were just the same–industrial urban with a touch of creativity. Target market seemed to also differ judging by the location and price for every coworking space. Thinking of both at the same time led me to wonder, must the interior be dictated by the coworking space’s target market? Or is it dictated by the trend? Hmm, a topic I think i shall put on my list for things to blog about. But for this blog post, I will share with my experiences with all four coworking space here in Cebu City.

The Tide

 

Located on the seventh floor for Skyrise 1, IT Park, Lahug, The Tide is a big office space with office chairs and long tables arranged parallel to each other. Much like a college class or lab room, without the students and instructor. Parts of the white walls are decorated with black and blue graffiti, an artistic touch to inspire creativity. I mostly liked how quiet the place was, although at first I felt restless, but that was just my problem. I later got used to it and actually appreciated the quietness of the place. They have a pantry with a refrigerator, water boiler, and microwave. Tables and chairs for eating, though I never used it. Sitting and eating on my space was no problem and I preferred it that way. Their rate starts at P500/day, P1,500/week, P4,000/month flex seat and P5,500/month fixed seat.

A Space

 

Now this cool place is the office space of your dreams. It has a modern-industrial interior that’ll make you feel chill and yet excited to work in their space. In A Space, I spent all my time at their bean-bag lounge area. I preferred to sit there because being a girl with scoliosis, a chair without backrest is a nightmare. So it was the bean-bags for me, and I had no regrets. This cool coworking space is located at The Crossroads, Banilad, a place where all the other expensive places to eat, chill, and party are located. A pantry exists there as well, also with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and tea. I made sure to get their free coffee and tea everyday. I had to, my weekly payment highly encouraged it. Their rate starts at P500/day, P2,000/week and P6,000/month all tax exclusive. So don’t be surprised when you see an extra charge of VAT 12%.

iiOffice Cebu

 

This time located in an area near mine, iiOffice Cebu would probably be my quick go-to. It is located on the second floor of Arinda V. paras Bldg. beside Shamrock which is just near Capitol Site. The interior, I would say, is more restaurant-like. Their big pantry with a bar and colorful chairs and square wooden tables gave me that idea or feel for the place. Coffee and tea was free, and they occasionally sold bread, sandwiches and Japanese snacks. Use of their refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and water boiler was allowed as well. I would say their pantry was more fun than the rest. They had two sofas in the middle of their small space for either mingling, working, or napping.Their rates starts at P300/day and P4,000/month; meeting room for 6 persons is P500/hour and P600/hour for the 10-person meeting room.

Industri.Room

 

Conveniently located in an area where students of Southwestern University (SWU) come in and out of their school, this study lounge and coworking space is the cheapest. You would think it’s cheap so the interior would probably disappoint, but no. Industri Room is a small space, but the arrangement of furniture is strategically placed for easy traffic flow. The purple and violet walls are what makes the design of the space interesting. Normally, such colors for a work or study place would not be ideal, but somehow, it just worked. It must be the contrasting greys and greens of the chairs, sofas and pillows. The single booths are hilarious to me, but I often use this single booth near the pantry. Despite it being open on one side, it felt quite private. Now to my favorite part, the pantry. No, nothing here is for free. Everything was sold at an okay price. No complains here. Rate here is P25/hr BUT you have 2 hours of internet. So I guess if you only pay P25, you won’t get free internet. It is a study lounge after all.

*Just a side note: Don’t rely on Google Maps to tell you where to go. You’ll end up facing the second gate of SWU! Best ask for the location of SWU’s main gate. Industri.Room is located just beside it.

All in all, I had fun visiting these coworking spaces. I got to see how different they were from each other according to location, ambiance, and rate.

At The Tide I saw lots of foreigners, at A Space I saw lots of rich yuppies, at iiOffice there are lots of Japanese people, and at Industri Room a lot of students.

Industri Room requires a long walk by the invisible sidewalk from the main street to the main gate of SWU. While iiOffice is just along the road where traffic is mostly heavy.

If you are looking for a quiet place, an okay price budget for a day, and friendly people, I would recommend The Tide.

If you’re into a trendy-vibe, comfy bean bags, and prefer being surrounded by young yuppies. Then A Space is your place.

If you don’t mind a bit of a crowd, with a hint of road traffic noise on the background, but affordable and still a great place to settle with your laptop, iiOffice it is.

But if you want a more quiet place, somewhat private, and you don’t mind the long journey getting there, then I would suggest Industri.Room.

For my personal preferences, you’ll most likely see me at The Tide or at iiOffice. They are more convenient for me in terms of location, which is important to me. Have you decided which one you’d like to go to? If you have, maybe we’ll see each other there! ‘Til then, ciao!