At my core I believe that technology, when implemented correctly, has the ability to fundamentally simplify the way we interact with the world around us and enhance our interaction with our environment, our family, our friends and beyond.
There are examples across society today where we have attempted to reduce objects to their simplest form, and once reached, seek to continually further that process. In the words of a famous physicist …
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler”
I’d like to propose that simplicity be considered as the experience that one perceives when interacting or engaging with an object – “it’s simple to use”. Furthering this thought, and within the same context, simplicity should not be a measure of the underlying interactions or operations that create the experience itself. To the contrary, these hidden elements are often complicated, consisting of layer upon layer of intricate connections and considerations that require significant thought to design so they are perceived to not exist.
As a home automation enthusiast, when I start a new project, I have to consider how the final result will meet the expectations of my toughest critics – my family. This is a high bar in so much that, once I’ve completed the planned enhancements, the outward perception has to be that nothing has changed or, ideally, things are easier to use. If the result is more complicated or does not work in a naturally intuitive way, then its not long before I’m asked to ‘put it back the way it was’!
So it is this challenge that drives me to build simple human interactions that are intuitively easy to understand for my wife, my children, our visitors and me!
And that’s my take on Simplified Thinking – the need to design and build simple every day interactions with a thoughtful regard for the underlying complexity that is often required.
Of course, this is just my perspective, and you may either agree or have alternative views. As always, I’d encourage you to contribute to the conversation!