“Less, but better”: exhibition “The Form of Simplicity” illustrates the principle of simplicity
In the age of digitalisation, in which products have numerous different functions, simplicity is more important than ever before. The greater degree of convergence of these functions goes hand in hand with increased complexity of use. This is why the simplification of products is a key universal principle in design, posing challenging tasks to creators. From 27 to 30 September 2018, Red Dot is presenting the exhibition “The Form of Simplicity. Good Design for a better Quality of Life” in the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing. True to the motto “Less, but better”, the roughly 150 exhibits on show exemplify how the principle of simplicity influences the form of products and helps to increase quality of life.
Exhibits illustrate development of the principle of simplicity
Designers give progress a form
The application of the principle of simplicity should not be seen as the opposite of complexity, but as its successful design. Although products look much simpler nowadays than in the past, the effort involved for designers is far greater. That is because they now not only design the encasing for the technology but also the interfaces and apps. Thus, by radically simplifying products and processes, they give technical advancement a significant form.