Pablo Picasso’s 1946 “The Bull” is widely regarded as a masterpiece. It is a series of eleven lithographs which start with a realistic sketch of a bull. Initially, it becomes more muscular and lifelike. However, the trend then reverses. Step by step, Picasso removes everything which does not represent the bull’s essence. Each subsequent print finds a simpler sketch until the eleventh lithograph is a line drawing of the bull. Remarkably, the final bull retains its spirit as much as the original design.
This series is famous because it is a visual representation of the evolution towards simplicity. The concept is not only applicable to art. The bull’s progression can also serve as an analogy for the design of business organizations and processes. Through continuous redesign, your organization has the potential to progress into a simpler, more streamlined configuration.