Simplicity

When less is more

Often when we talk about being environmentally responsible, it’s about less. Driving less, buying less, consuming less. We might start feeling like we’re giving up a lot and resent the loss. But maybe that’s the wrong way to think about it.

Consider the following, from designer John Maeda’s book The Laws of Simplicity

“The opportunity lost by increasing the amount of blank space is gained back with enhanced attention on what remains. More white space means that less information is presented. In turn, proportionally more attention shall be paid to that which is made less available. When there is less, we appreciate everything much more.”

(Photo: Zen rock garden, Kyoto, Japan)

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