Saturday, March 14, 2009

Be Core ... then be Cool

When you prepare a presentation or develop an application or maintain a website design or write a report. You have a lot of thoughts in mind. You know a lot. You want to show others that you know a lot. So your presentation or your application or your website or your report get overwhelmed with your details.

Then, perhaps, you wonder why others suffer
when they use your work.

You like to show the cool stuff (I do, alas), fancy transitions, new controls, you say to yourself "YES, I won't leave any white space there (6) (6) (6) , fill everything, yes I'll put my logo here. No I don't want to say 'I prepared 10 items to enhance the database' I'll use new English words, hmmm right click ->synonym, yes exactly this is much better 'Below is a list of 10 items I have been compiling for the rest of last week for enhancing the database', much better."

Be Core. Be Simple and to the point. Have the guts to remove the unnecessary stuff (you know them). Believe me, I know it hurts, its not easy, these stuff are cool, but they are not core! they distract others.

Be core, first, then its OK to be cool.

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry