« It seems that perfection is reached not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away »
KISS, acronym for « Keep It Simple, Stupid! », is a famous design principle:
Most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complex, therefore simplicity should be a key goal in designand unnecessary complexity should be avoided.
I don’t know how I ended up reading the Wikipedia article but I thought I’d share a part of it!
The principle is best exemplified by the story of Johnson handing a team of design engineers a handful of tools, with the challenge that the jet aircraft they were designing must be repairable by an average mechanic in the field under combat conditions with only these tools. Hence, the ‘stupid’ refers to the relationship between the way things break and the sophistication available to fix them.
The principle most likely finds its origins in similar concepts, such as Occam’s razor (principle that recommends selecting from among competing hypotheses the one that makes the fewest new assumptions – interesting, click here to read the article) and Albert Einstein’s maxim that « Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler » or Leonardo da Vinci’s « Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication »
So, whether we’re talking about software development, jet-building, communication or all the rest… Just KISS !
The BBC just published a fun interactive way to « scale » yourself in the world population, which is expected to hit seven billion in the next few weeks.
After growing very slowly for most of human history, the number of people on Earth has more than doubled in the last 50 years. Where do you fit into this story of human life? Click here!
For those who haven’t read it yet, click on the link HERE to open the file in PDF. Amazing and instructive.
Beautiful tribute to Steve Jobs by the Harvard Business Review.
I couldn’t possibly have said it better, it is accurate and touching, and here it is:
While there are many things worth celebrating of Steve Jobs’ life, the greatest gift Steve gave us is a way to design our own lives.
Steve Jobs was known for being a design god who sweated experience, and pixels and, well, everything. « Design, » he once said, « is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But, of course, if you dig deeper, it’s how it really works. You have to grok what it is all about. »
Los Angeles’ full name is « El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula »
WOW! I have a hard time remembering the person I just met’s name. LA sounds a lot better. You can totally tell that a hispanic person named that city giving it a first name, a middle name, a last name, it’s mother’s maiden name, the grandmother’s maiden name and the neighbor’s mother’s maiden name.
(and I must copyright Ranker for this pointless but yet amusing fact!)
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