Written by Umang Saini
KISS - Keep it simple stupid - It's not as simple as it seems, and this very paradox makes simplicity one of the most complex things to achieve.
But, we have help.
John Maeda, a graphic designer and visual artist, spoke at TED 2007, on his book- The Laws of Simpliciy and Bruno Giussani wrote a summary of that on his blog.
Here are the ten laws -
- Reduce: The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction
- Organize: Organization makes a system of many appear fewer
- Time: Savings in time feel like simplicity
- Learn: Knowledge makes everything simpler
- Differences: Simplicity and complexity need each other
- Context: What lies in the periphery of simplicity is definitely not peripheral
- Emotions: More emotions are better than less.
- Trust: In simplicity we trust
- Failure: Some things can never be made simple.
- The one: simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful
Interesting. I hope this makes things simpler.
USUpdate: - TED Talk's site posted this talk by John Maeda recently - Link. (Direct Download Link)