In design today, minimalism is central as made clear by the documentary Objectified by Gary Hustwit, but it can often be misunderstood as a sort of abstract expressionism or surrealism. The philosophy of minimalism is 'subtract till it breaks.' Subtract until it breaks means that the unnecessary is unnecessary until it becomes necessary. Design focuses on what is the thing I am trying to now and if it is not necessary now, it disappears. It becomes available immediately when I need as I need it. Then it disappears. Subtract until it breaks.
Now when we think about design in relation to theology, this is essential: subtract until it breaks. In my reasoning, thinking, and praying I must return to the core question: what is the theological job to be done at this moment now and then subtract until it breaks. Say no to the extra stuff--no more thrills and frills, smells and bells (necessary in worship but not in theology) that only serve theological ego development.
What is the job to be done? Closer alignment with Jesus Christ. Knowing him more fully. Following him more closely. Anything else is unnecessary, fluff, and baroque.
What is the job to be done? Subtract till it breaks.