★(319) バカみたいにシンプルにせよ・・Keep it simple stupid.
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  • (2020-05-10 15:35:20)

Keep it simple stupid.

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「stupid」は、「このバカ」という掛け声か、「バカにみたいにシンプルにしろ」「クソシンプルにしろ」という副詞的な使い方なのか、判断できない。

しかし「stupid」が入ることで語気の強さがよき案配。

今日のコトバは、1960年代の米国海軍での標語らしいが、欧米では一般に「KISS方式」として広まっている。この辺の事情は、wikipediaが解説してくれている。

この中で、「The term "KISS principle" was in popular use by 1970」とある。

KISSは、1970年代まで人気があったみたいな書き方だが、今でも充分に真実だと思うが、すたれたというより、それだけ普及して当たり前になってきたと言うことかもしれない。

スマホやスマホアプリなど見ると、工業製品は、KISS風に進化してきたことがよくわかる。


KISS principle

KISS, an acronym for "keep it simple, stupid" or "keep it stupid simple", is a design principle noted by the U.S. Navy in 1960.

The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore, simplicity should be a key goal in design, and unnecessary complexity should be avoided.

The phrase has been associated with aircraft engineer Kelly Johnson. The term "KISS principle" was in popular use by 1970.

Variations on the phrase include:

"Keep it simple, silly",
"keep it short and simple",
"keep it simple and straightforward",
"keep it small and simple",
"keep it stupid simple"


Variants
The principle most likely finds its origins in similar minimalist concepts, such as Occam's razor,

Leonardo da Vinci's "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication",

Shakespeare's "Brevity is the soul of wit",

Mies Van Der Rohe's "Less is more",

Bjarne Stroustrup's "Make Simple Tasks Simple!",

Antoine de Saint Exupéry's "It seems that perfection is reached not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away".

Colin Chapman, the founder of Lotus Cars, urged his designers to "Simplify, then add lightness".

Heath Robinson machines and Rube Goldberg's machines, intentionally overly-complex solutions to simple tasks or problems, are humorous examples of "non-KISS" solutions.

A variant – "Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler" – is attributed to Albert Einstein, although this may be an editor's paraphrase of a lecture he gave.


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