Many forces can complicate a project. As a creative person and a maker of things, you’ll have a hard time avoiding these.
These complication agents exist because, well, sometimes they have to. Whatever their purpose, there’s no getting around the fact that complications apply pressure. They weigh heavily on your thoughts and are a powerful force that limits creativity. When these complication agents start to hold you back, remember the following:
You have permission to be simple.
You have it because no one is going to fault you for “un-complicating” something.
Because simple is clear.
Because simple offers the best usability.
Because simple is the overwhelming preference of the people you make things for.
And because simple is loved. You will never say to a friend, “Use this. It’s really complicated.”
Having permission to be simple takes nothing away from the hard creative task in front of you, but I find it can be an ally. Simple gives you the freedom to fight the forces that get in the way.
Note: This post was originally published in the eBay Design Playbook.