John Maeda in NY Times : Simplicity

The NY Times profiles John Maeda’s new mantra at MIT - Simplicity (Free Login Req’d). I tracked down Maeda’s page at MIT, and that led me to the Simplicity program site. Interesting folks doing important things. Principles from the project so far (thanks SvN)

  1. Heed cultural patterns.
  2. Be transparent. People like to have a mental model [expectation!] of how things work.
  3. Edit. Simplicity hinges as much on cutting nonessential features as on adding helpful ones.
  4. Prototype.