Recently I stumbled upon John Maeda’s book: The Laws of Simplicity.
He has a very interesting take on Simplicity. In this book he describes:
- 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.
- Emotion – 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.
- Away – More appears like less by simply moving it far, far away.
- Open – Openness simplifies complexity.
- Power – Use less, gain more.
I found some slides which are also interesting: