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Simplicity

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We all acknowledge the power and beauty of simplicity. Whether in art, technology, music, fashion, or software development, simplicity is the undisputed mark of quality craft. As WordPress blazes into its second decade, theming, plugin development, and WordPress core itself are reaching troublesome levels of complexity and confusion, challenging the very essence of what has gotten WordPress to where it is in the first place. Pulling from diverse areas of culture and tech, we’ll tie together our need for simplicity, and issue a call to arms for the next ten years of WordPress.

Given at WordCamp Maui 2015.

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Simplicity

  1. 1. Simplicity
  2. 2. The quality or condition of being easy to understand or do.
  3. 3. (modern toilet)
  4. 4. Efficiency Effectiveness Ease-of-use
  5. 5. Essence
  6. 6. Simplicity vs. complexity
  7. 7. Simplicity and complexity
  8. 8. The world is extremely complex. All of it.
  9. 9. (Russian nested dolls)
  10. 10. (refridgerator)
  11. 11. (dust mite)
  12. 12. (old town cars)
  13. 13. (massive highways)
  14. 14. Efficiency
  15. 15. Less is more (assuming less is enough).
  16. 16. Effectiveness
  17. 17. For sale Baby shoes Never worn
  18. 18. simplicity != easy
  19. 19. (musical scale)
  20. 20. 2 4 7 9 111286531 10 C D E F G A B
  21. 21. (Gregorian chant)
  22. 22. Ease-of-use
  23. 23. People need to get things done.
  24. 24. (elevator)
  25. 25. Continue travelling in the same direction until there are no more stops in that direction.
  26. 26. “Something simple”
  27. 27. Actions and Filters
  28. 28. Backwards- compatibility
  29. 29. Menus
  30. 30. Themes
  31. 31. API
  32. 32. What now?
  33. 33. Thank you. @kwight kwight@kwight.ca

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