Raising The Bar – The Art Of Minimalism Minus The Typography

I was looking for inspiring minimalist images when I came upon some posters of cultural icons and personalities – Spock, Einstein, Bob Dylan, Stallone, etc. These were pretty interesting, so I checked out the artist – Noma Bar, an Israeli graphic artist-illustrator-designer.

His work is unique in that it combines elements of caricature, editorial cartoon, and graphic design. He has already published two books featuring his own works – The many faces of Noma and Negative Space.

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Spock Cover

Spock Cover

I consider Noma Bar’s works as great examples of minimalism – they give subtle to subliminal graphic communication. Bar’s artwork speaks through the cultural icons ( that are presented as awkwardly positioned elements and placed on negative space creating an optical illusion. What’s more is that these effectively communicate with the observer using minimal to no text or typography at all. It’s like Spock telling you “Live long and prosper” minus the Nimoy voice.
Here are some of Noma Bar’s iconic works:

60’s Unplugged

60's_Unplugged

The Economist Cover

The Economist Cover

The Guardian

The Guardian

The Guardian

The Guardian

Time In

Time In

UK now

UK now

Best Books Rhetoric

Best Books Rhetoric

Forgive Your Enemies

Forgive Your Enemies

Globalization

Globalisation

Male Leaders

Male Leaders

Pensions

Pensions

Political Cities

Political Cities

Algae Fuel

Algae Fuel

Green Entrepreneurs

Green Entrepeneurs

Uri Geller

Uri Geller

You can check his portfolio here.

Noma’s works somehow transcend – or combine – graphic design and the art of painting. It’s like a totally new genre that has a hint of Picasso’s cubism and is suffused with Warhol’s pop culture sensibilities. Though it is stereotyped as a generic, anyone-can-do-that style, graphic design is shown in a new light under Noma’s unique style.

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