Note: Today, we have added a new article category devoted to simplicity – Editor
ARL Rating: B+
From the site: “This site is devoted to my ongoing thought processes regarding the topic of simplicity. I wrote and designed a book entitled The Laws of Simplicity to let the ideas take root. Here online, I continue to develop the thoughts that surround the paradoxically complex topic of simplicity.”
General Impressions – As a forward-thinking designer (and President of RISD), Maeda provides an important perspective on what might be thought of as the “elegant solution”. Like most designers, Maeda exhibits a bit more bias towards the esthetic end of the spectrum, rather than the practical. That’s natural enough and, frankly, much of the appeal in the “modern” Simplicity movement may be similarly inclined.
As one reviewer of Maeda’s book notes, “At the book’s heart is the Shinto belief in animism, the spirit in all objects. Nicholas Negroponte, one of Maeda’s mentors, once told him to become a lightbulb, not a laser beam.” Well, beam me up, Scotty, that’s a bit on the “space-cookie” end of the spectrum for most of us here at ARL.
Still, as may be referenced occasionally on this site, there can be much to learn from other blind men groping our elephant. While many here at ARL lean a bit more to the practical side of the scale, we would always prefer the most beautiful practical solution.
Note: Maeda’s book has not been read, thus, the review comments here relate primarily to Maeda’s web-content.
Our take on “The Laws” – as set forth by Maeda