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The only hope is to abandon complex software. Embrace simple. Forget backward compatibility.
— Interview with Chuck Moore, creator of the Forth language.
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This overarching idea of simplicity is what Mies van der Rohe, architect and leader of the Bauhaus movement in Germany during the 1920s, meant by his motto “less is more”. It’s what now, with latter-day eloquence, is called “KISS” (short for “keep it simple, stupid”).
The Economist: "When less is more"
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Minimal Mac

A tumblelog about simplifying one's Mac experience. Lots of different approaches.
As computers have increased in complexity my enjoyment of them has plummeted.
John Graham-Cumming: "Just give me a simple CPU and a few I/O ports"
For me, what [musicians Sunn O)))] are doing bears comparison to [minimalist artist] Donald Judd's work, particularly his boxes of the 60's and 70's. Their sound is serial, repetitive, plays off of mass and is as much a physiological phenomenon as an acoustic one. It stops being an aesthetic experience and becomes a body experience. There are exact, direct parallels there.
— Artist Banks Violette in The New York Times Magazine article "Heady Metal", 2006
The cocktail is a lovely simple thing
— The Weekly Standard: "The Cocktail Renaissance"

Simplenote Updated

The aforementioned Simplenote note-taking application for iPhone and web has been updated. You can keep up with its development and correspond with its developers on Twitter.

If you want to backup or export your notes from Simplenote, I've built a thing for that. I can now whole-heartedly recommend the application.
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[E]verything you own, it's all done on the backs of millions of poor people whose lives are so awful you can't even begin to imagine them, people who will do anything to get a life that is a tiny bit better than the shitty one they were born into, people who get exploited and treated like shit and, in the worst of all cases, pay with their lives.
The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, making the case for less.


"Showcasing Single Function Websites"
To conceive of the minimalist techno aesthetic as a branch in the chronological tree with Cybotron at its root is to discount the existence of [Konrad] Becker’s work.
Little White Earbuds
Take away the elements in order of apparent non-importance.
Oblique Strategies, Edition 1 (1975)
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The homepage of Mark Reid, a programmer with an interest in machine learning and statistics. Information-rich but easy on the eyes. Check out his new programming blog, Structure & Process, amongst other content.


Another minimalism-oriented tumblelog. No relation, but much appreciation. Some overlap, too, but that's reassuring.
Mann employs an architectural approach that establishes a plot framework but declines to fill every nook and cranny. He uses very few elements to suggest many more, and in so doing constructs a kind of environment that the audience experiences rather than a narrative account that the audience observes. This is very much minimalism and experience design at work; it just happens to star Johnny Depp, is all.
— Khoi Vinh: "Minimalism, Michael Mann and Miami Vice"
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From a roundup of minimal and typographic package designs. Many are not "minimalist", per se, just spare.
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When we distill a design down to the core concepts and remove the extraneous, it forces us to admit and agree what the core concepts actually are.
Subtractive Design
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The best Web-based task managers - Slate Magazine

Slate reviews online to-do lists. One of their three metrics is minimalism. Google Tasks wins.
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