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Is Your Design S.I.M.P.L.E.? Take the Test

Posted by Plish on September 3, 2010


What is it?

Is it needed?

How do I know if a design is simple enough?

Here’s a ‘Simplicity Test’ for your designs. Judge your designed product or process against the following list. You can assign a numerical value to each category and rank the design and the ‘what ifs?’.

The design is S.I.M.P.L.E. if it embodies the following:

S – Sublime-ness
I – Implicit; The more that needs to be made explicit the further away from simple you’re going.
M – Mysterious; As in, filled with mystery – it makes you say "Wow!" "Why didn’t someone thinks this before?" "How does it work?"
P – Pleasing; To experience, it does what it’s supposed to- it’s experienced as what it’s supposed to be.
L – Longing; At best, it creates a sense of wanting to return to product/process/system. At worst, it doesn’t scare people from coming back.
E – Emotive; Brings forth positive emotions or doesn’t elicit negative emotions.

How would, what you consider great designs, stack up?


6 Responses to “Is Your Design S.I.M.P.L.E.? Take the Test”

  1. Another excellent post. It is also simple with all its ingredients.

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  3. Plish said

    Thanks Dibyendu!

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  5. Nils Davis said

    All I can say is “Wow!” – that’s a wonderful metric. I hope I can eventually achieve a 40 (out of 100) on it.


  6. Plish said

    Thanks Nils! I think you’ll do much better than 40!

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