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Laws of Simplicity

These are the 10 Laws of Simplicity as described in John Maeda's book with the same name. They describe strategies to make things simpler and applies not only to design but to technology, business and life.

For a more in depth understanding of these design principles read The Laws of Simplicity.

Source: The Laws of Simplicity

The principles

  1. Reduce
  2. Organize
  3. Time
  4. Learn
  5. Differences
  6. Context
  7. Emotion
  8. Trust
  9. Failure
  10. The one

  1. Reduce

    The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.

  2. Organize

    Organization makes a system of many appear fewer.

  3. Time

    Saving 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 definitely not peripheral.

  7. Emotion

    More emotions are better than less.

  8. Trust

    In simplicity trust.

  9. Failure

    Some things can never be made simple.

  10. The one

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