Make It Simple (by theroyaltyclub)

Make It Simple (by theroyaltyclub)

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

John Maeda (via eelhound)

John Maeda spoke at CreativeMornings/NewYork about artists as leaders, the changing networks inside organizations, and what it’s like to sit in a sand pit in London. Watch the talk. →

(via creativemornings)

"When I compose a tweet, I feel like [Rodin] who said, “When I make a sculpture, I just cut away everything that isn’t the man or the woman, and then that’s what’s left.” … You trim, you carve the words such that all that’s left is the most important concept communicated in the simplest, most direct way. And that does not mean using big words."

Neil deGrasse Tyson on the craft of the soundbite.

Pair with Several Short Sentences about Writing

(via explore-blog)

"What’s interesting about the basics is that you spend lots of time doing them, and that they have a disproportionate effect on everything else. Any incremental benefit you realize will be applied a lot throughout your life, and it will also slightly increase your performance in many other areas."
"Simplicity is about doing both: subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful."
— John Maeda (via thatkindofwoman)
"Simplicity is very difficult to achieve. Try to ask someone to make a really good roast chicken."
"The solution suggested by this research, as well as my own, is as simple as it is startling: Do less. But do what you do with complete and hard focus. Then when you’re done be done, and go enjoy the rest of the day."
Simplicity is…

Simplicity is not about making something without ornament, but rather about making something very complex, then slicing elements away, until you reveal the very essence.

(via @djacobs)

"But luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands."
— Daphne du Maurier 

Love this distinction between clarity and simplicity.

This is what clarity is all about. It’s about eliminating “I’m confused” answers. Lots of people think simplicity is the opposite of confusion (“It’s confusing, let’s make this simpler”). It’s not. The opposite of confusion is clarity.
"Minimalism is not a style, it is an attitude, a way of being. It’s a fundamental reaction against noise, visual noise, disorder, vulgarity. Minimalism is the pursuit of the essences of things, not the appearance."
— Massimo Vingelli 
"Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world."
— Lao Tzu in Tao Te Ching 
"Going back to a simpler life based on living by sufficiency rather than excess is not a step backward. Rather, returning to a simpler way allows us to regain our dignity, puts us in touch with the land, and makes us value human contact again."
— Yvon Chouinard (via soul-surfer)

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Confusing Simplicity with Clarity


This comment struck me as profound. It’s a rebuttal to Aaron Levie’s recent FastCompany article, “The Simplicity Thesis,” where Levie argues for “the radical simplification of everything.” All credit to Mr. Nathan Shedroff for the following points.

Mr. Levie, like many, I’m afraid you’ve confused simplicity with clarity. Nobody wants a simple life with few choices—especially those preconfigured by others. None of Apple’s products are simple in any way. [What] we want and what Apple’s products deliver is a tremendous amount of functionality, and the ability to customize the experience, but in an exceedingly clear way.

Simple is a life where you have few options. It’s a map that only has the most obvious information on it—one that makes no allowances for unforeseen circumstances (like a road under construction). Simple is “one size fits all” and “any color you want as long as it’s black.” Simple delivers little or no context and answers that don’t fit our lives.

Clear is a path to a new destination that doesn’t delete every landmark or context that might help orient us and, thus, get us there. Clear is alternate views that allow those of us who are visual, spatial, readers, or more comfortable with speech to learn, search, make, and understand in ways that make more sense than the “average.” Clear isn’t eliminating features from systems but arranging them to be found and available JUST when they’re needed in a context that is natural and “obvious.”

There really isn’t anything simple about Square, for example—not in the backend technology, the ecosystem, the partnerships, nor even the front-end. What makes it appear simple is that it is so CLEAR (and obvious to many, though not all) that we think it’s simple and even natural. It is neither and THAT is the magic.

'simple' seems to describe an outcome (sausage). 'clarity' seems to define the process and the goal (how the sausage is made). i'm not sure the same context is used in defining the terms, however it brings up a great point and i've spent a couple weeks mulling over how i use each term in my daily conversations.