I love things that are simple. By “things” I mean almost everything, from processes and tools to machines, rules and businesses.
Simplicity generates a virtuous chain of situations and benefits that I drew here:
Bringing simple solutions and processes that are easy to understand for others and start this virtuous chain is not always easy. It’s actually more complicated than coming up with a complex solution.
Humans tend to add complexity to things, specially in a work environment where it’s frequent to see people thinking that adding complexity will show others that they are actually working. It takes some experience to first be self aware when one is adding unnecessary complexity and then be humble enough to just add what is needed.
Also some people associate simplicity with incompleteness. The simple solutions and things I’m talking about here assume you’re trying to come up with a complete solution, something that includes everything that needs to be included. This is also a place where people tend to add complexity.
I hope this was useful to you. If you think of more benefits of simplicity please leave them in the comments below.
I have to start this post saying I’m not a UX expert by any means. UX is not my professional field. These are just some thoughts I’ve had while seeing and experiencing how UX happens from the designer and user perspective across different systems, websites and companies.
I think the two most important skills a UX designer needs are common sense and empathy.
You need empathy because as a designer, you need to be on the user’s feet. You have to be looking through their eyes. You have to think of yourself as the final user of whatever your are designing. This way you’ll have a closer look at what the user is expecting from your product.
With this in mind, you will also need common sense. When designing experiences, you can’t do fool things. Fools things often happen when business needs or technology constraints are given more importance than what they really deserve. Business will come with good UX first. Not the other way around.
Avoid complicated and sofisticated and go with simple and usable. Always ask yourself if you’d be happy using what you are designing.
I’ve seen that without these basic concepts, results are often mediocre.