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Keith Instone

Another similar take on simplicity is Maeda’s The Laws of Simplicity.

It is in fact an over-simplification (pun intended) to say that simpler is ALWAYS better. Like all design decisions: it depends. It depends on what your users goals are. It depends on your business model. It depends on the context.

A good designer understands the dependencies and adjusts as needed. If you are not sure what the “it depends” factors are, then in general, simpler is better. It can help you later figure out what the important dependencies are and add in the complexity that matters.