Elegance cuts through the noise, captures our attention, and engages us. The point of elegance is to achieve the maximum impact with the minimum input. Itâ€™s a thoughtful, artful subtractive process focused on doing more and better with less. Thatâ€™s especially important during this economic crisis when everyone is trying to move forward while consuming fewer resources.
via OPEN Forum by American Express OPEN | | In Pursuit of Elegance: 12 Indispensable Tips.
Which came via Guy Kawasaki
Also interesting is The Inside Scoop on Design: Ten Questions with Hartmut Esslinger. He notes the following which I think all can agree on.
Question: What are your top ten products of all time?
1. Electric Light Bulb
2. Japanese Lunch Box(es)
3. Mercedes 300 SLR â€œUhlenhautâ€
4. Boeing 707
5. Porsche 911
6. Apple Macintosh (after the Macintosh SE)
7. Arne Jacobsen Chair â€œ3107â€ by Hansen
8. Sony Walkman 2
9. Gibson Les Paul Custom Guitar
10. Hubble Telescope
Question: What are your ten worst products of all time?
1. Gas-guzzling SUVs
2. Neck-pain-causing Notebook computers
3. Typical conference chairs and ambiance in hotels
4. Software UI on mobile phones
5. Most hospital equipment
6. Violent video games
7. Fake â€œcraftsâ€ products (e.g â€œHantcraftâ€ dustpan & brushset)
8. Computer accessories requiring 2+ hour installment
9. Restaurant table that â€œkillâ€ your kneecaps
10. Myriads of power adapters
I just finished listening to the audiobook on Steve Jobs life, called iCon. Interesting.