Saturday, December 16, 2006

Thoughts On Simplicity

Links to good articles on simplicity ...

"A number of folks (myself included) have been sharing their thoughts on what it really means to make simple products. Here’s a round-up of what’s recently been said:

Simplicity Is Highly Overrated, Don Norman
“Make it simple and people won’t buy. Given a choice, they will take the item that does more. Features win over simplicity, even when people realize that it is accompanied by more complexity.”

The Sweet Spot for Buying, Luke Wroblewski
“Before using a product, people will judge its desirability and quality based on ‘what it does’ (i.e. the number of features). Even though they may be aware that usability is likely to suffer, they will mostly choose products with many features.”

The Complexity of Simplicity, Luke Wroblewski
“While there are many reasons why keeping things simple is difficult, I’ve encountered these three causes quite frequently...”

Simplicity, Joel Spolsky
“if you think simplicity means "not very many features" or "does one thing and does it well," then I applaud your integrity but you can't go that far with a product that deliberately leaves features out."    (Continued via Functioning Form)    [Usability Resources]

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