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August 2010
The Green Ant:  Minimalism


Print advertisement created by Richter7, United States for The Green Ant, within the category: House, Garden.


Minimalism. The art of continually removing things until all you have left is beauty.

Advertising Agency: Richter7, Salt Lake City, USA
Creative Director: Dave Newbold
Art Director: Dave Larson
Copywriter: Gary Sume
Photographer: Stock
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Guest's picture

That's actually a very old chair design - cira, what? 1950s?

Anyone know? I think it is in the NY Museum of Modern Art

Guest's picture

Says 1940 top-left

Billoughsby's picture

Eames RAR molded plywood chair. Nice series of ads

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That's it.

razorsharp creative's picture

I have to respectfully disagree with the comments above. The picture and the copy aren't connected. It's a picture of a chair, yes a simple even perhaps "beautiful" chair, but I don't see where things where "removed" to achieve the result. The copy is communicating the act of removal to achieve beauty, but the picture doesn't.

razorsharp creative
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-Richard Todd Aguayo (razorsharp creative)

Dzsoi's picture

I agree. Chair is not something you can make spectacularly simplier really. There is nothing removed here. Or do you consider the arm-rests as removed? Then what about the back-rest? You should remove that too. Both are there for comfort reasons. This concept just doesn't make much sense with these products.
Even the design is not the simpliest as it has been put together from 5 pieces.

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atb2005's picture

@razorsharp creative

Pictures and copy are connected. In this instance, many things could be added to a chair. But as the picture shows, the chair is pretty basic, yet beautiful.

I agree this is a nice series of ads. Good job, guys!

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razorsharp creative's picture

A basic chair is not a chair that has been simplified, or the ad is trying to communicate. If I showed you a picture of this chair without the ad attached you'd think it was just "a chair", and not a chair that has been crafted to be minimal. If the legs were removed (like the other ad with the dining room table) and a single piece of wood extending down from the seat was used instead, then perhaps you would get the impression that something unique has been done to the chair. But there are a lot of chairs without arms, and they don't scream of being "minimalized". Which is what the ad is trying to communicate which is why I feel the ad doesn't work as well as it could have.

razorsharp creative
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-Richard Todd Aguayo (razorsharp creative)

atb2005's picture

You are over-thinking it way too much. This campaign was not created for ad people; it was created for regular folks and they won't dwell on whether there's a solid link between copy and image, which I still believe is there. Instead they would just admire the chair, which does look nice, I have to say. Please read the comment below by CommandZ.

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Dzsoi's picture

I think you are wrong. Average people think straight and practical usually, not abstract and symbolic. If the headline says 'we've removed things', they are looking at the visual and ask themselves: "Really? What have you removed? Can't see a part removed. Anyway... don't forget to buy chips, soap, pasta..."
If the ad's intention was to make people admire the chair, just skip the copy.

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jackmancer2017's picture

I love the whole campaign but I think the photoshop is bad. Look at the leg of the chair closest to the copy. Should have added more shadow there, it's floating in the shade now.

JopyCunior's picture

It's a good series. Not overstating, very plain, simple, clear. I would add, a bit old-fashioned, classic advertising... which is not a minus.
I'd like to underline 2 things.
1) This is not minimalistic design
2) Minimalism does not cut off the excesses, minimalism hides the message inside. We think about Donald Judd's cubes, but that's not "cutting off", it's hiding. There's a misunderstanding in the relationship of minimalism between art and design. For instance, minimalistic objects (in art) should not have a usable purpose.
3) This copy line is not original (as the one with the noguchi table), although this is not a crime. but it's a version of Michelangelo's motto about sculpture: "Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it", which sounds pretty much the same to me. Not a criticism, just trivia.

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Sushi lover's picture

I like everything except the photography,

Sushi lover
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CommandZ's picture

Yes, picture and copy are connected. The classic simple lines of the Eames chair are the net result of "the art of continually removing things until all you have left is beauty." The only thing I don't care for is the fake selective focus done in PhotoShop with a gaussian blur filter. Would of much preferred this be done in camera. It's really bad on the Noguchi table.

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sirvan's picture

The photography's fine, but the lines are weak and the retouching is heavy-handed. I like the type, though.

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"I love some things, and don't love some other things."

silvi's picture

Somebody can give me a spanish translate of the copy, please? Thanks.

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Anonymous Author's picture

That is because there is beauty in decay. Good looking ad btw.

Anonymous Author
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Write a wise saying and your name will live forever – Anonymous.

shahidali's picture

Superb copy and awesome art direction. Top class thing. Hats off, team.

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Dharmesh aka danny's picture

Mr. Gary Sume, it is a good copy, but the visual is somewhere doesn't seem to be a great art work.

Dharmesh aka danny
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Dharmesh Padia

Guest's picture

Photoshop work is really lame.

Guest's picture

The photo is bad. If it had forethought and wasnt picked from stock, then why didn'y they just shoot with a large aperture to begin with. The blurring is sloppy and doesn't make sense...kind of like when you have multiple light sources, but mono-directional shadows. Also dislike "T H E" placed vertically at the bottom. Is it part the company name? Why isn't in the same style as the logo and why aren't your vertical grid markers the same weight? The wooden ones at the bottom are weird.

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