Beauty is more important in computing than anywhere else in technology because software is so complicated. Beauty is the ultimate defence against complexity.
The central enemy of reliability is complexity.
Geer et al.
Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming.
Good code is short, simple, and symmetrical – the challenge is figuring out how to get there.
The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity.
The competent programmer is fully aware of the limited size of his own skull. He therefore approaches his task with full humility, and avoids clever tricks like the plague.
Edsger W. Dijkstra
Simplicity — the art of maximizing the amount of work not done — is essential.
From the Agile Manifesto
Increasingly, people seem to misinterpret complexity as sophistication, which is baffling—-the incomprehensible should cause suspicion rather than admiration. Possibly this trend results from a mistaken belief that using a somewhat mysterious device confers an aura of power on the user.
The best things are simple, but finding these simple things is not simple.
Complexity has nothing to do with intelligence, simplicity does.