I'm sitting with a client a couple of months ago telling him that I'd like to delete some elements from the interface sketch I presented him a week before.
He disagrees with me. "Your job is to make things simple for the user without erasing features that are in the requirements". Which I guess is kind of a smart answer.
As I remember my reply has been about questioning the effectiveness of that requirements. I thought they were too specific and too marketing biased instead of user goal biased.
But aside from that, his point was good: The minimun amount of design to meet the requirements. This is a valuable goal for a designer.
Good design is as little design as possible — Rams
Just enough is more — Glaser
Last week I was reading an article about the value of omission in writing. It made me think about the value of a design process where at a certain stage I would INTENTIONALLY focus on leaving out erasing elements.
I guess I'll try that: becoming my own design editor.