The Zen of Simple

Posted on November 23, 2011 by

I really do love how as technology becomes more and more advanced and more capable of doing incredible things, the way we interact with them becomes so much simpler. Easier to use. It’s really an appealing concept.

Incredible power and fantastic abilities hidden behind a simple interface that even the least tech savvy grandmother could use in her sleep. It reminds me in part of those old Martial Arts films, with the incredible old, weathered masters, who hide within their heads centuries of martial arts knowledge.

Websites are always keyed into the idea of less is more (or at least the good ones do anyway). Negative Space and simplistic interfaces are defining keynotes of some of the biggest and best web applications that are out there. But the amount of technology working in the background to provide that can be simply mind blowing.

Take Google for example:

You go to Google.com and get one simple entry form. As you start typing you see results and suggestions for you. Wonderfully clean and simple and incredibly easy to use.

In the background though, your search term as it’s being typed is being passed through an AJAX query that, performs rapid database searches on both keywords and sentences which are then delivered back to the browser and parsed as you are typing. No waiting. No delay.

And the same is true of so much modern technology that we use on a day to day basis.

It’s incredible.

All this power at out fingertips and it’s all so easy to use.

We start to reflect it in our day to day lives with aspects like Minimalism, hidden drawers for items in the kitchen. As a species we enjoy these simple clean interfaces. They really do appeal to our sense of Aesthetic.

So if you are feeling stressed and need to relax and take things down to a simpler level, get some negative space in your life. A little bit of white space, and enjoy some simplicity for a change.


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