I aim to shape products, interfaces and services that mediate meaningful dialogues between people, systems and their environments within everyday life.

Posts tagged ‘simplicity’


May
04
2010

Simplicity Isn’t That Simple

Today I encountered the a problem where simplifying isn’t quite so simple. When is it necessary to reduce elements and when do you need to add elements to maintain clarity and usefulness? My meeting today with a colleague engaged in this discussion that involved a lot of Photoshop experimentation regarding a special use case of our application. At this point, we still have not decided on an appropriate design, but I happened to just come across an excellent post, Simplicity isn’t that simple.

We’ve all heard the phrase, “less is more,” overused, and here the author sums up the complexity in designing for simplicity.

This may seem overly philosophical, but as my co-author, Josh Porter, said recently, “Simplicity is much more than the trite “less is more” we so often hear. Simplicity is… about clarity.” And clarity comes from constant refinement.

John Maeda’s First Law of Simplicity states: The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction. Refinement that is thoughtful, calculated, and whenever possible and appropriate, based on data is one of the fundamental tools of any designer.


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