The Laws of Simplicity / Edition 1

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Overview

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 by75-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 more.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 more, 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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"John Maeda's new book, The Laws of Simplicity, is simply terrific. It's exactly 100 pages, the illustrations are brilliant and the 10 Laws of Simplicity
(plus Three Keys) are a canon to design one's entire life, much less specific products, services or business models. The subtitle is: Design, Technology, Business, Life." -- Bruce Nussbaum,
BusinessWeek's blog "NussbaumOnDesign"

The MIT Press

"Keep it simple, Stupid" is an old piece of advice, so much so that it's often abbreviated as the "KISS principle." But it's advice that's often ignored, and MIT Professor John
Maeda aims to change that.... Designers and marketers will find Maeda's book both interesting and useful...." -- New York Post

The MIT Press

"Maeda's Laws and Keys have an obvious practical application in everyday running of a busy life (and desktop); they also have the potential to translate into a productive methodology for any craft or design practice.... A very humble, enlightened and caring human, John's written a little bible." -- Liz Farrelly, Crafts Magazine

The MIT Press

"Maeda's upbeat explanations usefully break down the power of less-fewer features,
fewer buttons and fewer distractions-while providing practical strategies for harnessing that power.... Emphasizing the delicate balance-work involved in simplifying the complex, Maeda admits the process isn't easy, and that his ten laws don't necessarily provide all the answers-in numerous places, he directs readers to the web site where his theories continue to develop. Despite that,
this slim book feels complete in itself; not only will it stimulate ideas, it will keep readers thumbing back for a second and third look at Maeda's deceptively simple advice." --
Publishers Weekly

The MIT Press

"Technology and life seem to be getting more complicated, yet two great success stories, Google and the iPod, both provide the antidote of simplicity. In The Laws of
Simplicity,
John Maeda uses humble prose to provide an accessible guide, business and life, observing the principle: 'Simplicity equals sanity.'" -- David Smith,
The Observer

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262134729
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 117
  • Sales rank: 292,833
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Maeda is President of Rhode Island School of Design and former Associate Director of theMIT Media Lab. In 2008 Esquire magazine named Maeda one of the 75 most influential people of the twenty-first century. He is the author of The Laws ofSimplicity (MIT Press, 2006) and other books.

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Table of Contents

Law 1 : Reduce 1
Law 2 : Organize 11
Law 3 : Time 23
Law 4 : Learn 33
Law 5 : Differences 45
Law 6 : Context 53
Law 7 : Emotion 63
Law 8 : Trust 73
Law 9 : Failure 83
Law 10 : The one 89
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