"Calm technology", "lean web" and simple living.

"Ockham's Razor as Applied to Technology", or rather "The right amount of technology is the minimum needed to solve the problem".

> "An interface is humane if it is responsive to human needs and considerate of human frailties." - Jef Raskin

The goal is technology that respects humans and time.

Calm Technology:

> Technology should require the smallest possible amount of attention

> Technology should inform and create calm

> Technology should make use of the periphery

> Technology should amplify the best of technology and the best of humanity

> Technology can communicate, but doesn’t need to speak

> Technology should work even when it fails

> The right amount of technology is the minimum needed to solve the problem

> Technology should respect social norms

Lean web

These principles applied to websites relate to the Maciej Ceglowski - The Website Obesity Crisis lecture

A website food pyramid should primarily be worthy content, some images, a bit of css, then javascript only if you need it.

When in reality most websites currently consist of the below:

> "A base layer of HTML

> A huge pile of crap

> On top of it all, a whole mess of surveillance scripts."

> “The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology. And it is terrifically dangerous, and it is now approaching a point of crisis overall.” Until we understand ourselves, “until we answer those huge questions of philosophy that the philosophers abandoned a couple of generations ago — Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going?—rationally,” we’re on very thin ground. Edward Osborne Wilson

Simple living

These principles applied to the simplication of design process and simple living are explored in Omick on Design and Omick Why.

They could have built a mold and vacuum sealed a custom fibreglass lid... or built an auto closing hinge... or built an underground pantry box away from creatures etc. Instead they used a barrel and tied a piece of bent metal on top... which has served them well for 15 years.

I am very guilty of over complicating things, so it's a lesson/reminder to me.

> "When comparing technologies that perform the same function, a technology that is simpler in design will tend to be simpler to construct and repair, but will tend to require greater skill to use, whereas a technology that requires less skill to use will tend to be more complex in design and more complex to construct and repair."

> "How important is the perceived need that this design is addressing?

> Is it really a need?

> If so, what is the simplest way in which it can be met?

> What are the trade-offs between simplicity of design and convenience of use?

> Does the form of a design reflect its function in an aesthetically pleasing way?

> Does the design address the need in ways that tend to make my life more free or more encumbered?

> More integrated with the local environment or less so?

> What is the environmental and economic and social justice impact of the materials used?

> Is this design versatile--can it serve multiple purposes?

> Is it simple enough to be easily replicated?