Tip O’ The Day: Simple Is Best
Today I was messing around with a page for a monthly magazine I design. It was supposed to be a quick thingâ€”just a bunch of boxes with adsâ€”but in my quest to make the page interesting, I got lost and I just couldn’t achieve a satisfying result, with my headache as accessory.
I kept changing things around, you knowâ€”this title doesn’t work, maybe I should add a line, I shall move this… Eventually I just sat back and thought, “That’s it, I am going back to simplicity.” I took off the background, some decorative lines and simply used colour to get what I wanted. The page looked much more sober and, most importantly, it worked.
It might be really tempting to do really complicated and cool things when you have powerful software, but sometimes simplicity is all it’s needed. You’ll also find the most clever design is often the simplest.
July 18, 2006