Laws of Simplicity

Sun, Dec 3, 2006

Simplicity Rules

Over the next two weeks I will be reviewing John Maeda’s ten Laws of Simplicity. His book takes an academic approach to the topic. Maeda is a professor at MIT’s Media Lab. His writing is both philosophical and practical. True to keeping it simple, the book is short (100 pgs) and an easy read.

I love this definition:

“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.”

That quote is also the tenth law, which boils down he other nine into one. But I’ve got ahead of myself. I have more to say in the links below, as I relate Maeda’s laws to the Web.

Those on the edge of their seats can see the author’s site or buy the book at Amazon.

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