Category Archives: Michael Hoffman

Simplicity vs. Clarity

Two quotes for today to show two differing views of “simplicity” (interestingly, the quote in favor of simplicity is shorter and, well, more simple!). Should we aim for simplicity no matter what, or should we focus on clairity, even if it adds some complexity? Is simplicity always clear? Is it always creative?

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“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity” – Charles Mingus

“The most important goal of effective communication is clarity. Clarity is not the same as simplicity … Complexity can be made to appear clear by effective organization and presentation and need not be reduced to meaningless “bite-sized” chunks of data, as simplification usually does. Clarity refers to the focus on one particular message or goal at a time, rather than attempting to accomplish too much at once. Simplicity is often responsible for the “dumbing” of information rather than the illumination of it.” – Michael Hoffman

Charles Mingus quote submitted by Damian Rees. Help me collect quotes by submitting them here!