I’m not saying I’ve arrived. In fact I believe I’m still learning the importance of it. What is “it"? It is the use of negative space, the way in which a subtle shadow or gradient might completely change the resulting design. These are just a few of the lessons I’m learning about the importance of subtlety. Some of the best designs I’ve seen and some of the greatest uses of art to convey a message are the ones that are almost silent.

It’s a bit like the still small voice that Elijah spoke of in the Bible. It’s not the mighty earthquake, the rock-shattering wind or any other large-scale explosive communication. There is true power in the subtle approach.

I’m learning to look for the subtle. I’m learning to look for the secondary and the detail which makes something impressive.