One of my friends shared this wonderful link about Simplicity on his Facebook profile. Here are the ten laws of simplicity by John Maeda.
- Reduce – The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction
- Organize – Organization makes a system of many appear fewer
- Saving Time – Savings in time feel like simplicity
- Learning – 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 – Somethings can never be made simpler
- The One – Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful
- I do not understand 7. How can more emotions be better? Does this law contradict laws 1 and 10? This one certainly bears more thinking.
- In fact Edward De Bono, has an entire book on Simplicity. At the end of that book, I found that simplicity is not really simple to achieve. Achieving simplicity is a complex process. YOu need to strive hard for it.
Are these laws contextual? Do they apply only to design or to other problems as well? I guess I need to read the book to find out. Some thing tells me that I need to get back to this subject in more detail later.