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Read online The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life Finally we are learning that simplicity equals sanity We re rebelling against technology that s too complicated DVD players with too many menus and software accompanied by megabyte read me manuals The iPod s clean gadgetry has made simplicity hip But sometimes we find ourselves caught up in the simplicity paradox we want something that s simple and easy to use but also does all the complex things we might ever want it to do In i The Laws of Simplicity i John Maeda offers ten laws for balancing simplicity and complexity in business technology and design guidelines for needing less and actually getting more .

Maeda a professor in MIT s Media Lab and a world renowned graphic designer explores the question of how we can redefine the notion of improved so that it doesn t always mean something more something added on .

Maeda s first law of simplicity is Reduce It s not necessarily beneficial to add technology features just because we can And the features that we do have must be organized Law in a sensible hierarchy so users aren t distracted by features and functions they don t need But simplicity is not less just for the sake of less Skip ahead to Law Failure Accept the fact that some things can never be made simple Maeda s concise guide to simplicity in the digital age shows us how this idea can be a cornerstone of organizations and their products how it can drive both business and technology We can learn to simplify without sacrificing comfort and meaning and we can achieve the balance described in Law This law which Maeda calls The One tells us Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful by John Maeda

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The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life
Title:The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life
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Number of Pages:100
Category:Design, Business, Non fiction, Technology, Philosophy
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Make It New: A History of Silicon Valley Design (MIT Press), Design by Numbers, Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists, Redesigning Leadership (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life), Creative Code: Aesthetics + Computation, Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media, and Visual Culture, The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life, The Art of Critical Making: Rhode Island School of Design on Creative Practice, The Storm of Creativity, [email protected]
Most art and technology projects pair artists with engineers or scientists the artist has the conception and the technical person provides the know how John Maeda is an artist and a computer scientist and he views the computer not as a substitute for brush and paint but as an artistic medium in its own right i Design By Numbers i is a reader friendly tutorial on both the philosophy and nuts and bolts techniques of programming for artists br br Practicing what he preaches Maeda composed i Design By Numbers i using a computational process he developed specifically for the book He introduces a programming language and development environment available on the Web which can be freely downloaded or run directly within any JAVA enabled Web browser Appropriately the new language is called DBN for design by numbers Designed for visual people artists designers anyone who likes to pick up a pencil and doodle DBN has very few commands and consists of elements resembling those of many other languages such as LISP LOGO C JAVA and BASIC br br Throughout the book Maeda emphasizes the importance and delights of understanding the motivation behind computer programming as well as the many wonders that emerge from well written programs Sympathetic to the mathematically challenged he places minimal emphasis on mathematics in the first half of the book Because computation is inherently mathematical the book s second half uses intermediate mathematical concepts that generally do not go beyond high school algebra The reader who masters the skills so clearly set out by Maeda will be ready to exploit the true character of digital media design, Designer and critic Jessica Helfand has emerged as a leading voice of a new generation of designers Her essays at once pithy polemical and precise appear in places as diverse as Eye Print ID The New Republic and the LA Times The essays collected here decode the technologies trends themes and personalities that define design today especially the new media and provide a road map of things to come Her first two chapbooks Paul Rand American Modernist and Six Essays on Design and New Media became instant classics This new compilation brings together essays from the earlier publications along with more than twenty others on a variety of topics including avatars the cult of the scratchy television sex on the screen and more Designers students educators visual literati and everyone looking for an entertaining and insightful guide to the world of design today will not find a better or more approachable book on the subject, b Describes the world s leading approach to art and design taught at Rhode Island School of Design b br br At Rhode Island School of Design students are immersed in a culture where making questions ideas and objects using and inventing materials and activating experience all serve to define a form of critical thinking albeit with one s hands i e critical making i The i i Art of Critical Making i by RISD faculty and staff describes fundamental aspects of RISD s approach to critical making and how this can lead to innovation The process of making taught at RISD is deeply introspective passionate and often provocative br br This book illuminates how RISD nurtures the creative process from brief or prompt to outcome along with guidance on the critical questions and research that enable making great works of art and design br br br Explores the conceptual process idea research critical questions and iteration that RISD faculty employ to educate students to generate thoughtful work Authors are from the faculty and staff of the Rhode Island School of Design which consistently ranks as the number one fine arts and design college in the United States i The Art of Critical Making i shows you how context materials thought processes and self evaluation are applied in this educational environment to prepare creative individuals to produce dynamic memorable and meaningful works, Finally we are learning that simplicity equals sanity We re rebelling against technology that s too complicated DVD players with too many menus and software accompanied by megabyte read me manuals The iPod s clean gadgetry has made simplicity hip But sometimes we find ourselves caught up in the simplicity paradox we want something that s simple and easy to use but also does all the complex things we might ever want it to do In i The Laws of Simplicity i John Maeda offers ten laws for balancing simplicity and complexity in business technology and design guidelines for needing less and actually getting more br br Maeda a professor in MIT s Media Lab and a world renowned graphic designer explores the question of how we can redefine the notion of improved so that it doesn t always mean something more something added on br br Maeda s first law of simplicity is Reduce It s not necessarily beneficial to add technology features just because we can And the features that we do have must be organized Law in a sensible hierarchy so users aren t distracted by features and functions they don t need But simplicity is not less just for the sake of less Skip ahead to Law Failure Accept the fact that some things can never be made simple Maeda s concise guide to simplicity in the digital age shows us how this idea can be a cornerstone of organizations and their products how it can drive both business and technology We can learn to simplify without sacrificing comfort and meaning and we can achieve the balance described in Law This law which Maeda calls The One tells us Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful