Below is a link to a recent post at the 37Signals blog. These guys do great work, and you should subscribe to their blog. They are a group of great thinkers, not just programmers and business guys.
When I read this article, I thought:
– How can we use such simplicity to communicate so much?
– How do we intentionally design our communications so that it’s simple, clear, and fun?
– How do we make even the most basic processes exciting and memorable?
– How do we design our systems so that minimal explanation is required?
These questions apply to my context as a media/IT/communications guy in a local church. But these concepts can apply to any area.
Read the article and tell me the questions raised in your own mind,
Have you read the comments in that article? People love to debate about China.
No. I saw the blog in Google Reader, so I missed the comments. People arguing about China miss the point of that blog completely.
I asked similar questions to yours. I think being simple really requires knowing precisely what you want to convey and then knowing how to prune away everything else that gets in the way.
I think sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to not try to answer every possible question that may arise from whatever we are communicating and just keep it simple.
Thanks. I’d love to figure out a way to get our staff thinking like this.