Restraint

A very interesting read that I’m glad I happened across (in actuality, I’m subscribed to the Blog on which it was published: Usability Post).

Restraint:

There is one attribute of good design that I often see overlooked: restraint. Restraint in design is the quality of holding yourself back and implementing something which solves the problem in the simplest way possible. Oftentimes designers want to show off, imprint their own identity on a piece of work or simply get carried away, producing work that is good but losing simplicity and elegance in the process.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” — Antoine de Saint-Exuper

Some interesting quotes that I have come to cherish, although I’m yet to really follow them.

Let’s take a look at a set of modern mobile phones:

modern phones

You can see how one phone stands out from the rest: the iPhone. Ok, an obvious example, but it’s only obvious because it’s good.

The iPhone uses the minimal design possible. There is only one button and the whole phone is essentially just one big display. Apple always use simple geometric shapes — there are no unique curves or design elements sticking out — it’s just symmetrical curves, circles, rectangles and lines carefully arranged to form their iconic minimalist, industrial design.

You can sketch the iPhone with just a few lines and the resulting shape is clearly identifiable.

iPhone Outline

Now, I am a “PC” user but I also have an iPhone, which is a magnificent device, and I do adore the simplicity of the device (one of the reasons why I got it!)

A good read.

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