Sunday, October 9, 2011

Steve Jobs on the difficulty of keeping it simple

New law students mistakenly believe they're supposed to emulate the ponderous writing style of the court opinions they read for class. Instead, I'm always trying to get them to write for a hypothetical audience of third graders. Of course they resist the idea believing that keeping it simple equates with simplistic.

Au contraire, mon frere as this quote from Steve Jobs points out:

On good design

That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

[BusinessWeek, May 25, 1998]


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