Bead Design with the Principle of Economy…


Stitched Heart Bead

I know. That title sounds confusing. The only reason I use that title is because it’s the title of a post the explains something that I’ve been going towards:


Although, the article pertains to graphic design, I am translating it to bead design. A little background first…

My Stitched Beads (read about them here) came from a popular style in beadmaking where you put everything you possibly can fit onto the surface of the bead. For some people it works, for others, less is more.

That is where I am going with this…

Economy in Design.

Use only what you need to express your point.

No more.

No less.

Come to think of it, I think I did learn that in my one graphic design classes way back when. Of course, I didn’t go into graphic design…but I should have taken more classes on it!

Anyway, it’s a good article. If you’re serious about your bead designs or just want to learn more about how to make a visual impact you should read it. It could be translated into many other areas too…like writing and words. This post that I’m writing definitely does not use the Principle of Economy in Design. But I’m working on something that will hopefully use that concept.

2 thoughts on “Bead Design with the Principle of Economy…

  1. That’s what an artist does, right? Thanks for all of the info that you put out there! The bead IS mine. Inspired by someone who needed heart surgery but didn’t have the money or insurance. The ones that come from within end up being my best work.

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