Why simplicity is almost always best

“Frustra fit per plura quod potest fieri per pauciora.” It is pointless to do with more what can be done with few.”

This principal - commonly referred to as KISS - originated around the time of Aristotle and is still highly regarded today as a prominent principal of creativity. But, despite all of the resources available about keeping things simple, there is practically nowhere you can go to find out exactly why simplicity is so great.

The truth is that simplicity is almost always best because, when focusing on simplicity, your creative work becomes easier to understand, easier to recognize, easier to use (if it requires usage), easier to expand upon (if necessary), and downright easier to create.

Simply put: simplicity makes things easy.

To my knowledge, there is not a single person on this entire planet who doesn’t like things that are easy to use, easy to understand, or easy to make. When you want to be creative, wouldn’t you like your inspiration to be simple and understandable? Keeping things simple is a great creative principal because it makes things easier.

That’s not to say, however, that simplicity is always the best route to take when creating something. The principal of keeping something extremely simple is only a recommendation, and if it won’t work for a specific project (say, you need to make something that has a lot of features), then utterly simplifying isn’t the route for you.

Still: removing unnecessary features and attributes is a great way to simplify your creativity, and make things easier.

And because simpler things are easy to remember, I’m going to make this post a simple one and end it right here. It’s that easy