The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life (2020)

The Laws of Simplicity Design Technology Business Life Ten laws of simplicity for business technology and design that teach us how to need less but get Finally we are learning that simplicity equals sanity We re rebelling against technology that s too
  • Title: The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life
  • Author: John Maeda
  • ISBN: 9780262134729
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ten laws of simplicity for business, technology, and design that teach us how to need less but get .Finally, we are learning that simplicity equals sanity We re rebelling against technology that s too complicated, DVD players with too many menus, and software accompanied by 75 megabyte read me manuals The iPod s clean gadgetry has made simplicity hip But sometimesTen laws of simplicity for business, technology, and design that teach us how to need less but get .Finally, we are learning that simplicity equals sanity We re rebelling against technology that s too complicated, DVD players with too many menus, and software accompanied by 75 megabyte read me manuals The iPod s clean gadgetry has made simplicity hip But sometimes we find ourselves caught up in the simplicity paradox we want something that s simple and easy to use, but also does all the complex things we might ever want it to do In The Laws of Simplicity, John Maeda offers ten laws for balancing simplicity and complexity in business, technology, and design guidelines for needing less and actually getting .Maeda a professor in MIT s Media Lab and a world renowned graphic designer explores the question of how we can redefine the notion of improved so that it doesn t always mean something , something added on.Maeda s first law of simplicity is Reduce It s not necessarily beneficial to add technology features just because we can And the features that we do have must be organized Law 2 in a sensible hierarchy so users aren t distracted by features and functions they don t need But simplicity is not less just for the sake of less Skip ahead to Law 9 Failure Accept the fact that some things can never be made simple Maeda s concise guide to simplicity in the digital age shows us how this idea can be a cornerstone of organizations and their products how it can drive both business and technology We can learn to simplify without sacrificing comfort and meaning, and we can achieve the balance described in Law 10 This law, which Maeda calls The One, tells us Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful.
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    1. mies van der rohe insegna less is e con lui, tutti i pi grandinari diceva complicare facile, semplificare difficile e un paio di secoli prima, blaise pascal si scusava per la lunghezza di una lettera non ho avuto tempo di scriverne una pi breve sere lineari non quasi mai una conquista im mediata.

    2. This short 100 page book gives 10 laws and 3 key properties for designing simple systems Maeda provides a hand summary of the laws and key principles Ten laws 1 Reduce The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.2 Organize Organization makes a system of many appear fewer.3 Time Savings in time feel like simplicity.4 Learn Knowledge makes everything simpler.5 Differences Simplicity and complexity need each other.6 Context What lies in the periphery of simplicity is defi [...]

    3. Simplicity is about the unexpected pleasure derived from what is likely to be insignificant and would otherwise go unnoticed 2 The Pareto Principle is useful as a rule of thumb assume that in any given bin of data, generally 80% can be managed at lower priority and 20% requires the highest level Everything is important, but knowing where to start is the critical first step 14 The best designers in the world all squint when they look at something They squint to see the forest from the trees to fi [...]

    4. If this book was supposed to make me a better designer, it failed It s a collection of thoughts on design taken from a abstract holistic point of view This wouldn t be a bad idea in itself, if only these reflections were a little insightful For some most of them I failed to read between the lines Example What good is to explain how the TAB key works and how powerful it is in organizing data Or forcing gratuitious acronyms upon your readers and pretending they d remember them Speaking about acr [...]

    5. well, i was hoping for much philosophy turned out to be mostly about product designso, the register was often annoyingly sort of oprahish explaining to the reader why certain objects make them feel certain emotions, with the implication that if you follow these instructions and buy objects satisfying the following guidelines, you ll soon be feeling better emotionsat said, i actually really liked most of the 10 laws, and just wish that in the exposition he d had examples about buddhist monks an [...]

    6. This is really a list of 10 or 13 laws principles of simple design, with a little discussion and a few examples under each The laws seemed pretty simple, so simple they seemed either self evident or not a large leap to extrapolate from experiences I didn t find anything groundbreaking, but it is good to have a list like this to think about when you hit a design issue I listened on audio, and this had the issues of most books focusing on lists it gives the listener too much to remember I d say th [...]

    7. I like Maeda, I have one of his old design books This one started off well enough but quite soon I began to feel it wasn t really aimed at me Maeda has a great capacity for summarising and shrinking information into simple, digestible phrases, but I couldn t help thinking with The Laws Of Simplicity he was shaping aesthetics and technology into metaphors aimed at middle managers looking for the latest self help book.

    8. With fast progress in technology, I think we shouldn t read self help books about technology that was written than 2 years ago from the reading time.The Ten laws 1 Reduce The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.2 Organize Organization makes a system of many appear fewer.3 Time Savings in time feel like simplicity.4 Learn Knowledge makes everything simpler.5 Differences Simplicity and complexity need each other.6 Context What lies in the periphery of simplicity is [...]

    9. This is a sort of Zen and the art of Being Simple It s not full of practical advice, but of a thought process and style that you should apply to everything to make it simple Some good underlying principles for those who are designers or who need to communicate ideas, but quite lacking in practical application.Amusing book for a limited audience I think.

    10. This is a kind of barely book it s slight, in every sense of the word, and I can barely recall any of it But I wrote oodles in the margins And I ve thought through the book many times.Go figure.

    11. I really liked this book and its wry sense of humor The ideas are wellmple but complex It s interesting and full and makes me hmmmm about his ideas and the kinds of ways that they reflect and challenge how I think I enjoyed this immensely and I think it s a worthwhile quick read.

    12. I was never able to move past that the author could not comprehend of people different from him For people that need than play and fast forward for your media devices, you are not a part of his target audience.

    13. The book starts off on a strong note with the first law of simplicity thoughtful reduction Reduction is achieved through the principles of shrinking, hiding and embodying Technologies have been simplified through technological progress, which has allowed small objects to have the same technological capability as larger ones The size of an object leads to surprise and awe and can be forgiving than a larger one An object can also be simplified by hiding features and leaving only the essential one [...]

    14. John Maeda s The Laws of Simplicity is a delightful, tasteful read It is a book about design, technology, art, feelings, philosophy, humans, nature, human nature, and everything in between First of all, when I saw the book nobly sitting on the shelf in the Museum of Art and Design in NY, I found myself immediately gravitating towards it I was enticed by its slim size and sleek, fashionable cover I can assure you that the book s impressive looks are matched by the impressive content and insights [...]

    15. Good study on what simplicity, both real and perceived, are made of, and what to focus on to achieve it For product design or business management, or even daily life, good concepts are present in the book to help simplify or better understand the complexity around these.The book is written in a personal and casual tone, sometimes even funny, that transmits a lot about the author, John Maeda, and gives an enjoyable feeling to follow through, as sounds a lot like a conversation The small size also [...]

    16. John Maeda s short, direct essays on the laws of simplicity as he defines them, are from a technical viewpoint both design and technology , but accessible, fresh, and thoughtful The most engaging ideas for me, as a writer, concerned the role of design in discerning clarity of thought, product, purpose and that essence within art what is moving, unexpected, transcendent, beautiful perhaps that is fundamental to the human spirit, a luminous reason for living This is a likable book that tends to th [...]

    17. Great book for those who want to think about their Innovative approaches Each title of the Chapter gives us a view what it is gonna deal with which helps us reduce the simplest way to achieve simplicity that could be through thoughtful reductionanisation makes thing look organised and easier to solve and fewer, which in turn helps in saving time.Learning helps us gain knowledge and help us complete our task in much easier wayTrust in yourself to achieve big.Failure makes us weak but also increa [...]

    18. I thought it was okobably a book I will reach for in my design work, but overall I thought it was a little too cutesy and quaint I think the underlying themes are timeless, but it felt like some of the methods they were presented would seem dated in a very short time I think I get insight value from Mr Maeda s blog.Without giving anything away, I think the best most important nugget of wisdom comes on the very last page of book.

    19. My review of this remarkable, spare, and beautiful book is this quote from the author Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful John MaedaThis is one I will reread often I hope you do, too.

    20. Turned out surprisingly well, given my contempt and impatience for most design fluff pieces A little like the Art of War for modern design Would rec if you re in the business.

    21. This is surprisingly subpar material from someone I greatly admire The book lacks historical context and the examples used are quite ho hum.

    22. This book was pretty good I m using some of the points in a software UI guideline doc I m writing for my work.

    23. The Laws of Simplicity enumerates 10 laws and 3 keys that define the road to identifying and or achieving simplicity, applied to any field of life Overall, the book is short and an easy read for anyone interested in an overview on the topic, as the author turns simplicity explicit through specific characteristics e.g reducing, organizing, learning, failing and personal examples Interesting insights are also scattered throughout the book, which retain the attention of the reader after putting the [...]

    24. Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful Un petit livre tr s int ressant brossant quelques r gles extr mement bienvenues tant sur le sujet du design que de fa on plus large dans la vie Salvateur aussi pour le design en entreprise o tout en chacun est plus enclin rajouter des fonctionnalit s plut t qu en supprimer et aller vers l essentiel Une bonne bouff e d air frais.

    25. John Maeda reveleals his concepts about simplicity and design with a delightful sense of humor and personal touch that kept me engaged in this small book The content is not really practical for an everyday person looking to simplify one s life it s for designers and tech geeks and is quite conceptual in nature Still, I enjoyed gaining an understanding of what the best inventors and engineers might think about in their process of creating products to improve our lives.

    26. I really enjoyed this exploration of and pondering about simplicity, and the necessary balance between simplicity and complexity But then again, I m a die hard minimalist, so I guess I was always going to feel right at home.P.S I ve only read this once The way they added the rereading function to isn t a shining example of simplicity

    27. Some good practical learnings can be taken from this book, however I don t like it that much Although he has a good name within design and teaches at MIT, I don t like that he draws all of his examples only from his experience sometimes it even comes to me that examples are a bit irrelevant what he observes with his opinion In this case, I would like to know from other people.

    28. Although I personally admire Maeda, I can t say I can admire the book It s well written but too easy to be outdated And it is a bit outdated now, 12 years after its publication One can get few interesting insights but, unfortunately, it s not the book one can advice to others.

    29. A nice short and thoughtful book on simplicity Maeda is very earnest in how he writes This book achieves its goal by raising questions than it answer with the ten laws he has defined Well worth the time to read

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