Monday, April 6, 2009

John Maeda - Laws of simplicity

What does one need or use?
What can we as house designers do to help?
What should/could be done?

Law 1: Reduce
The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.

Law 2: Organise
Organsiation makes a system of many appear fewer

Law 4: Learn
Knowledge makes everything simpler

Law 6: Context
What lies in the periphery of simplicity is definitely not peripheral.

Law 9: Failure
Some things can never be made simple.

--John Maeda

These are the ones that I connected with in relation to the house project.


  1. Oh, hey! When were you reading John Maeda? There's a really excellent book of his.. intearction designs..? in the ECU library. What is this from?

    So, I think interaction design would be a better call than ID, and they've started it as a major in the Design Department here. I'm very excited about it.



  3. I watched his TED talk 'on the simple life' and then went to his website.