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Subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful

Subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful

John Maeda is a graphic designer and computer scientist. His book, The Laws of Simplicity, proposes ten laws for simplifying complex systems in business and life.

Think of it as simplicity 101.

JOHN MAEDA

Remember, “Technology and life only become complex if you let it be so.”

JOHN MAEDA

Squint at the world

Squint at the world

The best designers in the world all squint when they look at something. They squint to see the forest from the trees-to find the right balance. Squint at the world. You will see more, by seeing less.

Knowledge makes everything simpler

Knowledge makes everything simpler

This is true for any object, no matter how difficult. The problem with taking time to learn a task is that you often feel you are wasting time, a violation of the third Law. We are well aware of the dive-in-head-first approach-“I don’t need the instructions, let me just do it.” But in fact this method often takes longer than following the directions in the manual.

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In simplicity we trust.

Three Keys

Three Keys

In addition to the ten Laws, Maeda offers three Keys to achieving simplicity in the technology domain.

1 AWAY More appears like less by simply moving it far, far away.
2 OPEN Openness simplifies complexity.
3 POWER Use less, gain more.

1 Reduce

1 Reduce

The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.

The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through reduction

The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through reduction

When in doubt, just remove. But be careful of what you remove. … When it is possible to reduce a system’s functionality without significant penalty, true simplification is realized.

7 Emotion

7 Emotion

More emotions are better than less.

6 Context

6 Context

What lies in the periphery of simplicity is definitely not peripheral.

JOHN MAEDA

Technology has made our lives more full, yet at the same time we’ve become uncomfortably “full.”

JOHN MAEDA

9 Failure

9 Failure

Some things can never he made simple.

Time Savings

Time Savings

When forced to wait, life seems unnecessarily complex. Savings in time feel like simplicity. … A shot from the doctor hurts less when it happens quickly, and even less when we know that the shot will save our lives.

4 Learn

4 Learn

Knowledge makes everything simpler.

10 The One

10 The One

Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful.

What is simplicity about?

What is simplicity about?

Simplicity is about the unexpected pleasure derived from what is likely to be insignificant and would otherwise go unnoticed.

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Savings in time feel like simplicity.

2 Organize

2 Organize

Organization makes a system of many appear fewer.

5 Differences

5 Differences

Simplicity and complexity need each other.

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