More About “Less is More,” More or Less.

I like New Year’s resolutions. I think it’s one of the best moments to reflect on where I’m at and where I’m going, and to make a simple effort to direct the course towards a place that I’d like to be in the future.  This year, mine comes from a classic tenet of design I learned in college: less is more.

There’s a lot of “more” around.  I’m at the mercy of it at times (maintaining this blog, my Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Viddy while I work on my band stuff and other stuff at the same time).  But there are moments when the “less” really shines.  As I was working on some new music tonight, I was thinking about how few instruments and gadgets I’m really using in the studio, for example.  Sometimes, zeroing in on a few things that you like best can really help define what you’re doing.  It can also give you more time to effective in what you’re doing.  Rather than screwing around with 50 gadgets, you’re going deeper using the 5 that are your favorites.  As Buckminster Fuller might say, “do more with less.”

I like being busy and I’m fine with dabbling in a lot of different creative pursuits.  And I don’t expect for my “less” to be anything like anyone else’s “less”.

But like most of us, the noise out there in the world is deafening, and it pays to shut it off for a minute and focus.

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Comment by cross NG on January 21, 2012 at 8:49pm

awesome!! wat you've just said is really great,, made me realise how little things can be amazing instead of a lot of different kind of things can be..

Comment by bONny on January 21, 2012 at 7:16pm
nice work mike . . . .
Comment by helion dyonnys on January 21, 2012 at 3:17pm
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Comment by LinkinPark is my life(efh) on January 21, 2012 at 9:59am

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Comment by ApoorvguptA on January 21, 2012 at 2:18am

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Comment by hallisson de souza gois on January 20, 2012 at 3:22pm

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Comment by Sue Gray on January 20, 2012 at 6:59am

I love this resolution, reflects one of the themes in 1000 Suns. BTW, have you guys thought about putting that album on stage, as in live theatre, much in the same vein as American Idiot? The narrative and contrasts in the album would be amazing, along side the 'right' storyline. Apocalyptic end of Western excess... hope rising out of the ashes and underground ...  Food for thought. Would be a great project.

Comment by Rahul Fahri (Mike Shoinoda) on January 20, 2012 at 1:40am

good studio im really like this

Comment by Iman Sri Fajar Endah Suryani on January 19, 2012 at 7:39pm


I strongly agree with you, a lot of work and should generate positive energy and beneficial to the people around you, because if the people around you feel happy because of you, then you will feel to be the happiest person among them.

by the way, you are very inspiring activities we as your fans, especially to help your fellow human beings affected by natural disasters.
May this year be the year that can give depth to you, we even those of people around the world become more useful to give something for the people around.
Talk less do more. Thanks Mr. Shinoda


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