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Ten laws of simplicity

Law 1: Reduce. The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.

Law 2: Organize. Organization makes a system of many appear fewer.

Law 3: Time. Savings in time feel like simplicity.

Law 4: Learn. Knowledge makes everything simpler.

Law 5: Differences.  Simplicity and complexity need each other.

Law 6: Context.  What lies in the periphery of simplicity is definitely not peripheral.

Law 7: Emotion.  More emotions are better than less.

Law 8: Trust.  In simplicity we trust.

Law 9: Failure.  Some things can never be made simple.

Law 10: The One.  Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful.

~John Maeda “The Laws of Simplicity“, MIT Press, 2006.

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