The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda


John Maeda is a designer and teacher with a long career in both areas. Like me, he’s come to the “less is more” strategy when it comes to building application interfaces. Unlike me, he’s managed to break down this approach into some basic “laws” that someone can apply to design, teaching, life, and more. The book is a very short and easy read with some poignant talking points for getting project owners to focus on fewer features with higher impact rather than stacking countless features into a confusing experience.

There’s an accompanying website at to supplement the 2010 publication.


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