Simplistic vs. Simplicity

Simplicity is not what you think it is. Garr Reynold's presentation Simplistic vs. Simplicity in an eye opener for what it means to achieve simplicity. Here are my notes about his presentation, which you should watch here — it's highly recommended!

Simplistic vs. Simplicity

Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.
— John Maeda

Dizzy Gillespie

It's taken me all my life to learn what not to play.
— Dizzy Gillespie

Any fool can make things complicated, but it requires a genius to make things simple.
— E. F. Schumacher

Koyoto Zen Garden

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few.
— Zen master Shunryu Suzuki


Simplicity means the achievement of maximum effect with minimum means.
— Dr. Koichi Kawana

In most people's vocabularies, design means veneer. It's interior decorating. It's the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.
— Steve Jobs


Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
— Zen master Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

5. Jul 2010 Design · Interesting · Stuff
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