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The darker side of ‘simplicity’

Simplicity is something we are told to strive for as designers.

It’s a near-religious doctrine: don’t make the user think. Remove all un-necessary elements. Make it as easy as possible for users to complete their tasks.

This is a powerful argument because it is itself simple. It appeals to our natural tendency to see the world in black & white: simple good; complex bad. But could simple sometimes be bad?

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