12 Sep 2010 - 4:51pm
6 years ago
19 replies

Simplicity is Not Overrated, Just Misunderstood

This article is a response to Don Norman's column article from Interactions Magazine. The article disproves Norman's point that simplicity is highly overrated and that users only buy products based on complexity and features, and provides a more accurate and substantial point of view.

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30 Oct 2008 - 5:57pm
7 years ago
27 replies
Ali Naqvi

Is simplicity the answer? I am with John Maeda on this one.

I recently read John Maeda's book 'The Laws of Simplicity' and also visit
his website
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 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.

9 Apr 2007 - 12:16pm
9 years ago
3 replies
Mark Schraad

Simplicity (misinformation)

This conversation has one foot in design, another in engineering and yet a third in marketing.

Simplicity is about the usage of the product. It effects the user. Complexity as present here, the 'amount' of features is about the purchaser. These may or may not be the same person, but they definitely have different perspectives and the criteria for purchase and usage are different.

These are very different contexts. The reason that users buy a particular product is for the benefits (pardon my marketing hat).

8 Apr 2007 - 10:50pm
9 years ago
15 replies
Dave Malouf

Simplicity (again)

What do people think about Nussbaum's equation of simplicity with
reduced features? I think he is pretty off the mark here.

-- dave

David Malouf

18 Jan 2007 - 3:27am
9 years ago
32 replies
Esteban Barahona

Simplicity is Not Understood

note: this is a draft sour/sober personal opinion. it's not directed to
anyone in particular, really. don't take it too seriously if you don't want.
It doesn't have to do with IxD (wtf is IxD? really? is it
ProductDesign+HCI+Psychology+ScienceOfMind? who cares, IxD is a brand to
have more cash)... w/e

I "hate" to do this, talk in first person about this issues. but enough is

8 Dec 2006 - 2:36am
Brian Forte

Complexity verus simplicity


Josh Evnin wrote:
>I'm assuming "software like that" means software that you can buy
>that offers the simplest needed funtionality, but that you can also
>extend to have more personalized features.

7 Dec 2006 - 12:31pm
9 years ago
7 replies
John Schrag

Complexity verus simplicity ( WAS: Motorola Motofone User Experience)

I wrote:
> ...I'd love to be able to find a
> cell phone that isn't burdened down (and made too complex) by hosts of

> features I neither want nor need nor use.

Josh Viney replied:
>...why build a phone that has to be a pure phone and can never be more
> than that? Why not build a phone that starts off as a simple phone,
> can grow with users as they demand more functionality?...

I love that idea. One thing I've always hated about software is the
unending feature creep.

2 Sep 2006 - 2:44pm
10 years ago
6 replies
Dave Malouf

John Maeda's Laws of Simplicity
John Maeda's blog on Simplicity ... but more is being done at his book
blog at

Oh! I came across all this reading a silly article in Wired. the article
isn't online yet, but they ask John to apply his laws to a new Sony DV

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