Is simplicity the answer? I am with John Maeda on this one.
30 Oct 2008 - 4:57pm
5 years ago
I recently read John Maeda's book 'The Laws of Simplicity' and also visit
his website http://lawsofsimplicity.com/
The Laws of Simplicity is a book written in the same style Don Norman
wrote 'The Design of Future Things'.
Few days back I came across the following link http://www.jnd.org/dn.mss/simplicity_is_not_th.html wherein my Guru states
that Simplicity is NOT The answer.
My Guru states that 'I conclude that the entire argument between features
and simplicity is misguided. People might very well desire more capability
and ease of use, but do not equate this to more features or to simplicity.
What people want is usable devices, which translates into understandable
John Maeda states in his book 'The simplest way to achieve simplicity is
through thoughtful reduction'.
I was looking at my several remote controls and VHS and DVD players...
Even though these devises had understandable buttons and features, my mind
would still regard fewer buttons as a more userfriendly and easy to use
For me Maeda's statement makes sense hence I am with John on this one.