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- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 Feb. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0077QQDXI
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The Laws Of Simplicity is a gentle thoughful, elegantly designed book, undaunting (light?) at only 100 pages.
John offers insight into the thought processes behind product/interface design - particularly the i-pod wheel. More examples would have been nice here though. We also get a window into how John integrates the theme of simplicity into his own life (as he matures, he confesses to listening to less and less music, instead favouring the soundtrack of the world surrounding him).
Maeda encourages us to focus on some of the more humble yet powerful tools of simplification and organisation (organisation being one of the 'laws') for example, the power of the tab-key / the space bar / the return key within information organisation.
There is an attempt to find the 'one law to rule them all' which for me is unconvincing, unnecessary and frankly (I found) clumsily made, however this is an insightful book which throws in a nice mix of practice, theory, biography and philosophy on the subject.
The author is also off-puttingly conceited. In the first few pages he describes himself as an "Olympian technologist", and goes on to claim he was responsible for inspiring "lots of the interactive 'eye candy' we see online today".
Finally, how did the proof readers at MIT fail to fix the author's grammar? Less vs fewer - in a *chapter* title: "More emotions are better than less". Childish.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author lived by example. Explaining simplicity he says nothing. Dissapointly thinPublished 7 months ago by Leandro Herrero
It's the right book for every one who is creating the balance between business, technology and design!Published on 20 Feb. 2015 by Kobe
a beautiful and inspiring book from one of my favourite digital media authors.Published on 3 Oct. 2014 by jorge m
Every designer and every one with an eye for a good design must read this.Published on 14 July 2014 by O. Quuadri
Maeda has intelligently and concisely formalised the rules for visual design, a must-read for designers as a reference for achieving great work or to recap on what you already know... Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2014 by May
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