Subtle

Making things subtle is more difficult than making things simple. Simplicity is the reduction of complexity. Subtle goes further, consolidating and predicting future design while still making something intuitive.

Subtle is more complicated because it’s formless. It rises above simplicity and the obscure. It’s hard to pinpoint but just as easy to see and use once you know it’s there.

Everything is simple. Everything is complex. But only few things can be subtle.


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The Complexity Is What Makes It Work

The brain works. NY, just works. Both systems appear chaotic but their complex inter-dependence is what makes them work.

The complex things are the most simple. That’s why they need no further explanation.

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” – Aristotle


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Cleaning Complexity

Simplicity is the reduction of complexity, at least on the outside.

Apple products appear to be minimalist but the guts of an iPad or iPhone are full of strategically placed microchips and other delicate engineering.

Simplicity requires strict reduction too. Deleting the unnecessary or less important is like a game of chess; each move is a guess into how the wider game will unfold.

Simplicity is the end-product of all types of work and problem solving done behind the scenes. As a user, the final build appears to be so easy.

Hiding complexity while providing top usability is therefore the greatest challenge in attaining simplicity.


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