Simplexity: Simplicity Layered On Top of Complexity

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October 26, 2006

Systems may need to be complex but the interface between the system and the human should be simple.

We need to get in the habit of placing simple interfaces on top of complex systems. Do you need to know everything abut electricity in order to switch the light on?

When I say simplicity I mean:
– ease of use
– accessibility
– usability
– functionality
– contextual availability
– relational graphics
– information design
– information architecture
– automatization
– layered levels of information (info-depth control)

Example:
Give people the information they need, when they need it, where they need it, and only as much as they want. Make it visual, make it interactive.

Learning systems based on simplexity may be the way of the future.

Related in this blog:

“Simplicty vs. Complexity: the either/or fallacy and the re-introduction of simplexity”

Simplexity: Simple AND complex

Related Elsewhere:

I’m working on a free book version of simplexity

Find blog postings under the tag “simplexity” in WordPress

http://www.softwarebyrob.com/archive/2007/02/04/User_Interface_Design_Complexity_versus_Flexibility.aspx

http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/simplicity-the

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One thought on “Simplexity: Simplicity Layered On Top of Complexity

  1. God this is great stuff! Perfect example. Advertising used to sell products. That was simple. It became complex when Madison Avenue moved to generating “awareness” and “recognition.” Measuring “sales” was easy. The campaign worked, or it didn’t. You new it right away. Leaving flanks exposed. Measuring awareness and recognition, led to measuring “ad effectiveness” obfuscating the issue as to whether an ad sells or not with many “layers” to hide behind – enabling those who can’t creatively or strategically take products beyond the intersection of target audience and product benefit to hold onto their job for another day.
    Martin Calle
    http://advertising-age.blogspot.com
    http://www.callecompany.com

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