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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-12-09 12:45
  Subject:   Complexity is a status symbol.

Why is this? Why do we deliberately build things that confuse the people who use them? Answer: Because the people want the features. Because simplicity is a myth whose time has past, if it ever existed.

Make it simple and people won’t buy. Given a choice, they will take the item that does more. Features win over simplicity, even when people realize that it is accompanied by more complexity. You do it too, I bet. Haven’t you ever compared two products side by side, comparing the features of each, preferring the one that did more? Why shame on you, you are behaving, well, behaving like a normal person. The complicated, expensive toaster? I bet it sells well.

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Alex Belits: iskra
  User: abelits
  Date: 2006-12-11 02:02 (UTC)
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So basically a multitude of controls replace expensive materials, complex shapes and decorations on things that people use?

Apparently there is another direction -- Apple products have simple controls what is "compensated" by artful case/interface design, however that art itself is minimalistic. Maybe this is what the obsession with knobs that control various useless features will count as an a period-specific look, similar to distinctive look of cars and radios from different decades of the last century?
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