Simple vs. Simplistic

Simple is elegant. It’s the result of good, clear thinking. It takes effort.

“I didn’t have time to write you a short letter,” Mark Twain once quipped, “so I wrote you a long one.”

Simplistic is lazy. It’s simple language before the hard work of simplifying what’s worth talking about, not after.

If the task is to explain something important, overwriting might be better than under-writing.

And the opportunity for art is to thoughtfully prune the overwritten version into a simple one.