Seeking Simplicity

Takes courage to defend and seek simplicity.  Simplicity, in this context, is what makes us see the essential, eliminating confusion, distraction.

A famous economist, political scientist and psychologist suggested that simplicity or complexity depends on the manner we decide to write or enounce the problem. A Middle Age priest and philosopher formulated a principle known as parsimony that enounces that everything being equal, the simpler theory is the most probable to be correct. Even the essence of Christian faith is based on simplicity of life, reducing it (life) to what is essential and eliminating, avoiding what is not important or that brings confusion.

In design simplicity is celebrated. Apple products are a success for their simplicity to use in view of their design and closed platform (not allowing external intervention).

In big box retail, in spite of the number of options in a given category, there is a constant tentative of simplifying the selection process by the customer (too many options make the client doubtful and refrain him from purchasing!) reducing the offered options and ordaining it per price/quality. Specific products or ampler options are found in specialty stores or directly with the manufacturer.

Simplicity is the search of what is essential, true and sufficient. Certainly this is what we wish and look up for!

Thus when drawing a project, developing a product, creating a process, building a house or any other thing, ask yourself:

(1) what do I want to accomplish with it? What is its function and utility?
(2) Would be simple to operate it or use it?
(3) Would demand effort or would be costly to maintain it? And how this cost is compared to what I intend to avoid, prevent or save?
(4) What would be its contribution or social impact?

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" (Leonardo da Vinci); “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!” (Saint Matthews)