Simplistic vs. Simplicity: Do You Know The Difference?

Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.
— John Maeda


Simplicity is definitely a goal of mine, and I have no problems admitting that in my journey I have often muddled it with simplistic ideals.  I don’t even know how I come across these things anymore — but there’s a whole speech geared towards my predicament.  If you have the time — better yet you need to make time, to watch this incredibly inspiring keynote speech given by Gerr Reynolds at the 2009 Synergy Conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

From his blog:

The problem today is not just that complex issues are made too simple, but rather that simple things are made unnecessarily complicated with layers of obfuscation and the superfluous. We’re not there yet, but clarity and simplicity are the goal.