The 10 Laws of Design Simplicity

MIT expert reveals the secrets of great products and services
By News Dude,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2007 1:01 PM CDT
The 10 Laws of Design Simplicity
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In an interview with John Maeda, NPR correspondent Ira Flatow questions the MIT Media Lab designer about his new book, "The Laws of Simplicity." The 10 laws are:

  1. Reduce: Remove functionality
  2. Organize: Organization makes a system of many seem fewer
  3. Time: Savings in time feel like simplicity
  4. Learn: Knowledge makes everything simpler
  5. Difference: Simplicity and complexity need each other

  1. Context: What lies on the periphery of simplicity is definitely not peripheral
  2. Emotion: More emotions are better than fewer
  3. Trust: In simplicty we trust
  4. Failure: Some things can never be made simple
  5. The One: Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful
(More John Maeda stories.)

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