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Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein
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Simple is best

Some people think simplification is the automatic exclusion of certain parts, a cheat to reach a faster conclusion. But that view is too short-sighted. Most of the time simplification is actually the deduction of unnecessary parts.

You can’t simplify without knowing all the pieces at play first. The artist considers every component and every tool in the beginning and then uses only what’s most important. The artist sets constrictions and works backward.

Simplicity is the bold attempt to do what works best, to minimize and remove complexity for the end-user.

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When perfection is achieved

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Antoine de Saint-Exupe
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Dear Jony, The Future of Design Needs to Be More than Just Making Apple iOS Fat-Free

I love simplicity but not when you completely remove the emotion.

Per John Maeda:

simplicity is about doing both: subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful.

Where’s the playfulness?

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Things that exist exist, and everything is on their side.

Donald Judd, Minimalist sculptor
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The lesson I’ve learned from my pursuit of less is powerful in its simplicity: when you remove just the right things in just the right way, something good happens.

Matthew May
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The Cult of Disappearing Design

On a more practical, less superficial level, disappearing design is meant to both maximize one’s ground plan (particularly in small urban apartments) and minimize the “visual noise” created by things like bulky knobs, dust-prone vents and the ancient albatross of many decorators: the wide-screen TV.

More architects should design for saving space and making it possible to remove unused furniture, even beds.  The Japanese have been packing density in a small space for years.  

Some people enjoy clutter.  They like to show their friends their extensive art collection.  Other people want only what’s needed, at the moment, with a few evergreen pieces.

Or you can just create your very own Apple Store Home.  

embed beds and desks grounds of an apartment or house.  I just want The Japanese do this but only some  and coffee ta you down into the floors and they’d just pop out when you need them.  

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I get a serious flow when I draw simple shapes, combine them and experiment until they start to “sing”. – Tilman Zitzmann

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Resources and happiness: Why people are happy with simplicity

Simplicity is a virtue. 

The best products are the simplest to use, look the best, and make people happy.

Minimalism is an art form all by itself.  It can be achieved with heaps of resources and scant resources.

For example, Apple has access to unlimited resources but carefully chooses the best.  Steve Jobs rediscovered Gorilla Glass, which made iPhones unscratchable so users can carry their keys and iPhone in the same pocket. 

Meanwhile, the Danish people make the best out of what they have. They’re the happiest people in the world

 “Furniture was built to last because we couldn’t afford to go and buy another piece next year, and that idea is firmly planted in the heads of our designers.  Materials are treated with respect, and there is always a good reason for why a piece looks the way it does.”

Both Apple users and Danes love their products.  They are extremely satisfied. 

In conclusion, simplicity can be achieved through a function of being resourceful and appreciating the resources you have.  It’s all about removing clutter.