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Toward Design Simplicity

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Wirfs-Brock, R.J. ; Wirfs-Brock Associates

When designing I tend to go with the flow. I don't think deeply about why I'm making any particular decision. I'm an intuitive designer. I do have a set of principles that drive my decision making. But I don't ponder what principle to apply at each moment or worry about violating any specific principle when I do make a decision. My design process is fluid, dynamic, and somewhat messy. I'm comfortable with tossing out partial solutions when better ideas come along. Rework and revision seem natural and necessary. A sense of design aesthetics drives my decision making as much as anything. Clean designs are better than messy ones. Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it. Get it working, then get it working better seems to track with my experience. But not every comprehensive solution can be simplified

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Software, IEEE  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 2 )

Date of Publication:

March-April 2007

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