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A presentation on why simplicity is important and how it can be achieved. ...

A presentation on why simplicity is important and how it can be achieved.

It was inspired by John Maeda's fantastic book The Laws of Simplicity, edited by MIT Press. If you have the chance please read it.

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  • 1. Simplicity
  • 2. Complex information
  • 3. You are here
  • 4. Simplicity is rare
  • 5. But what does simplicity mean?
  • 6. “ Simplicity effect with achievement of maximum means the minimum means. -- Dr. Koichi Kawana - artist, designer and architect ”
  • 7. Something simple works intuitively.
  • 8. Think of Apple’s famous Mac computer.
  • 9. Think of Apple’s famous Mac computer. “It just works!”
  • 10. Or Google Search. Despite its vast and complex network of computers and databases…
  • 11. …when you want to do a search all you see is this:
  • 12. …when you want to do a search all you see is this:
  • 13. Simplicity is not simple.
  • 14. Simple things are made unnecessarily complicated.
  • 15. You can complicating
  • 16. John Maeda, author of The Laws of Simplicity, gives some advice on how to declutter life and make it a worthwhile experience.
  • 17. John Maeda, author of The Laws of Simplicity, gives some advice on how to declutter life and make it a worthwhile experience. Here are 5 of those laws
  • 18. The simplest way to achieve simplicity 1 is through thoughtful reduction.
  • 19. When functionality is reduced without penalty
  • 20. When functionality is reduced without penalty true simplification is realized.
  • 21. 2 Organization makes a system of many appear fewer.
  • 22. An effective scheme for organization achieves definitive success in taming complexity.
  • 23. An effective scheme for organization achieves definitive success in taming complexity. 1. Sort
  • 24. An effective scheme for organization achieves definitive success in taming complexity. 1. Sort 2. Label
  • 25. An effective scheme for organization achieves definitive success in taming complexity. 1. Sort 2. Label 3. Integrate
  • 26. An effective scheme for organization achieves definitive success in taming complexity. 1. Sort 2. Label 3. Integrate 4. Prioritize
  • 27. An effective scheme for organization achieves definitive success in taming complexity. 1. Sort 2. Label 3. Integrate 4. Prioritize 5. Done!
  • 28. 3 Savings in time feel like simplicity.
  • 29. The average person spends at least an hour a day waiting in line.
  • 30. When forced to wait, life seems unnecessarily complex.
  • 31. Maximizing your available time Time Complexity
  • 32. Maximizing your available time can greatly reduce complexity. Time Complexity
  • 33. 4 Knowledge makes everything simpler.
  • 34. Think of a screw and a screwdriver. You just mate the screw’s head to the screwdriver’s tip and turn.
  • 35. Think of a screw and a screwdriver. You just mate the screw’s head to the screwdriver’s tip and turn. Simple, no?
  • 36. Not if you’re a child and you don’t know which way to turn.
  • 37. Knowing how to execute tasks removes its inherent complexity.
  • 38. 5 Some things can never be made simple.
  • 39. 5 Some things can never be made simple. And that’s fine.
  • 40. Just know when to stop simplifying and relax.
  • 41. 1 The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction. 2 Organization makes a system of many appear fewer. 3 Savings in time feel like simplicity. 4 Knowledge makes everything simpler. 5 Some things can never be made simple
  • 42. 1 The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction. 2 All too complicated, perhaps? Organization makes a system of many appear fewer. 3 Savings in time feel like simplicity. 4 Don’t worry. Knowledge makes everything simpler. 5 Some It allcan never be made simple to this: things comes down
  • 43. Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful
  • 44. If you do that
  • 45. Want to learn the remaining secrets of simplicity? Click here to get the book at Amazon. I’ve read it and think it is fantastic. Disclaimer: The link provided is an Amazon Affiliate Link. A presentation by João Alves
  • 46. Images used in this presentation and their talented authors 1 – Attention Tree! – by Philipp Klinger 3 – County bubbles - by Ethan Hein 4 – Maze Wallpaper Green – by Tiger Pixel 5 – Cable Confusion - by e-magic 6 – four-leaf clover – by Scyza 9 – Mirror, Mirror, in the Ball – by Daniel Conway 12 – Computers – by coolpix 16 – Weird Cube – by Cieleke 17 – Eye Am Feeling Silly – by Cayusa 18 – Gear Work 2 – by Curious Expeditions 19 – Sign 4: stop – by brokenarts 22 – Desktop marauder – by Brintam 26 – 19th February 2005 – by Paul Watson 32 – 14:47 – by Emborg 33 – Birds – by djayo 34 – Nighty Night Time – by Cvalentine 37 – Light bulb 2 – by brokenarts 37 – Levitation 5 – by bizior 38 – screw 1 – by lusi 38 – screwdriver – by brokenarts 41 – Juggler – by Helico 42 – iphone to infinity for righty's – by K!T 44 – Mediterranean beach – by pale