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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Maeda Narrator: Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN:
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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 75-megabyte read me manuals. The iPod's clean gadgetry has made simplicity hip. But sometimes we ï¬ nd 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 The Laws of Simplicity, 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 redeï¬ ne the notion of improved so that it doesn't always mean something more, something added on. Maeda's ï¬ rst law of simplicity is reduce. It's not necessarily beneï¬ cial to add technology features just because we can. And the features that we do have must be organized (Law 2) 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 9: failure: 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 sacriï¬ cing comfort and meaning, and we can achieve the balance described in Law 10. This law, which Maeda calls the one, tells us: Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tomoko | 2/19/2014

    " I LOVE JOHN MAEDA! This very short book has taught me more things about life than anything else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheryl | 2/4/2014

    " This deceptively simple book is packed full of insights that have practical utility for business as well as design. I read it in a couple of hours and highly recommnend it to anyone. One aspect of the writing I particuarly liked was the humility of the author, despite being an obviously smart and accomplished individual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mallory | 2/3/2014

    " Interesting read. True to its title, the book is very short, 100 pages. John Maeda lays out some rules for simplicity as it relates to our everyday lives, but he does come at it from a design (and some business) perspective. I enjoyed how it gave me an idea of what actually makes something "simple" versus "complex." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Astrid | 1/31/2014

    " Good read. At times a bit wordy but the concepts are solid and more practical than I expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Love | 1/30/2014

    " I first read this book when I was working with Microsoft wth a mission to "cut the clutter" in corporate communications and to make a complcated and complex matrix of communication into something more seamless, powerful and impactful. The thinking in this slim volume informed everything I did and has sat on my desk as a "bible" ever since. In fact I often carry it around with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zeynep Suner | 1/12/2014

    " Brilliant and totally user-friendly;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenne | 1/9/2014

    " Interesting, but it seemed disorganized somehow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 1/3/2014

    " Page 100 and the afterwards from Feb 5 2005 speak volumes. Loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martino Liu Roqueñi | 1/2/2014

    " A book in process to be an elemental for getting things better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 12/30/2013

    " Borrowed this book from John Cantrell, the first half of the book was very interesting, but the second half felt unfocused and very not simple. his language became a more complicated. Language sometimes needs to be simple as well. But I might have to check out his website lawsofsimplicity.com. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 See-ming Lee | 12/22/2013

    " It's a fun read but Maeda's TED talk pretty much summarized everything he has to say about the topic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Parman | 12/19/2013

    " For anybody in business, design, technology, who has customers in any shape or form, this book is an absolute, 100% must-read. Short, but every single page is action-packed with valuable insight. It's cheap, it's short. Do yourself a favor and pick it up even if you're not convinced. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allen | 12/7/2013

    " This is surprisingly subpar material from someone I greatly admire. The book lacks historical context and the examples used are quite ho-hum. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Grant | 7/29/2013

    " A must-read book on product design for knowledge workers and entrepreneurs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Card | 6/14/2013

    " Priceless "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 3/24/2013

    " John Maeda is one of my favorite artists, the book is not all that simple, but its design is beautiful...kind of like Maeda's work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Serge Boucher | 3/15/2013

    " The framework is interesting but most of the value can be found on the blog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 João Planche | 1/17/2013

    " Great book to make things that affect your life simpler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bulent Duagi | 11/23/2012

    " Simple book that hides complex concepts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 10/31/2012

    " Absolutely an essential read to anyone in almost any discipline, or creative endeavor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna Copeland | 8/16/2012

    " This is really a meditation on simplicity rather than a roadmap to it. There are certainly some ideas that I will ruminate on as I struggle to achieve a better simplicity in my life and work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liver | 7/8/2012

    " artful, but beyond me as far as application "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xavier | 6/10/2012

    " Ten excellent principles to guide designs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Nomura | 4/19/2012

    " Discusses the role of simplicity in our lives and a world of growing possible needless complexity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emmanuel | 3/20/2012

    " Fast read, makes a good point about keeping things simple. "

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About the Narrator

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.