Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Graphic Design and University Honors


Graphic Design

First Advisor

Briar Levit


Simplicity, Alternative lifestyles, Personal belongings -- Psychological aspects, Graphic design, Identity -- Effect of Personal belongings on




A certain interpretation of the minimalist lifestyle is growing in popularity. The author questions the importance of a minimalist mindset in contemporary life, including in their own graphic design process. The author asks the following: how does minimalism and the growing minimalist culture of freedom from possessions impact the relationship between possessions and an individual’s sense of self? This publication design project is an examination of personal habits with possessions and the relationships the author has with them. Minimize is the photographed documentation of things owned with a focus on the things that aren't needed. The newsprint publication design also includes written analysis of thought process while attempting to obtain a minimalist lifestyle and design aesthetic. The project is a self-examination of attachment to the things owned by an individual designer and also experiments with the conflicts faced with the idea of minimalism as a lifestyle aesthetic.

Persistent Identifier