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Simplicity and complexity need each other.
Understand the duality in the world around you.
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The opportunity lost by increasing the amount of blank space is gained back with enhanced attention on what remains.
Simplicity is about the unexpected pleasure derived from what is likely to be insignificant and would otherwise go unnoticed.
EMBODY-ing quality is primarily a business decision, more than one of design or technology. The quality can be actual, as embodied by better materials and craftsmanship; or the quality can be perceived, as portrayed in a thoughtful marketing campaign.
When all features that can be removed have been, and a product has been made slim, light, and thin, it’s time for the second method: HIDE the complexity through brute-force methods.
Shrinking the time of a process can sometimes only go so far, and so an alternative means to “saving” time is to hide its passage by simply removing time displays from the environment.
Knowledge makes everything simpler. Learning occurs best when there is a desire to attain specific knowledge.
Our society, systems, and artefacts require active engagement in care, attention, and feeling— the business value may not be immediately apparent. But the fulfilment from living a meaningful life is the ROE (Return on Emotion).
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These 10 laws about how to reach simplicity and exploit it for better work and life are really enlightening.
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The less you say, the more intimidating and powerful you are. Always say less than necessary. When you do speak, make it vague and ambiguous, leaving the meaning to others to interpret. They’ll be frustrated and obsessed with trying to figure you out.
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