(FOF) Function over Form. Learn this, adopt this, keep it close to your heart. We get lost in over engineering, over design, over delivery, over every thing vs trying to get the job over with. Its a key failing and let me be the first to admit I’ve done my fair share of being trapped in form vs function. Focus on the Function(more).
Why because if you don’t believe me there are many examples that teach us over and over again why simplicity is key.
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You better believe it, your product or service is neither this important(yet) nor does it need one more tweak. Focus on giving people better outcomes after they use your product vs fixating on design choices or features alone. Some times less is more, but knowing it is priceless. But..wait..its not that simple..
Form is also important to us. We judge books by their covers. We create stereotypes based on visual information. We buy things based on advertisements and pay premium for mint condition. In everything we do, we are highly influenced by our first impressions, which are often created in a single glance. It doesn’t matter if we are looking to buy a car, choosing a neighborhood to live in, or meeting a person for the first time. We’ll always look at what’s on the outside first when making our judgments. But when building, testing, rolling out some thing first time, just get it out there. Form can be enhanced once the function has demand and its been validated. Don’t get caught up in the form alone. Thats the moral of the story if there were any.
The paradox is that form isn’t “just form” anymore.
In todays world, form IS function one could argue. Just know when and where to optimize either or both and not get caught up.
The way to think about it is to use Occam’s razor, Ockham’s razor, or Ocham’s razor (Latin: novacula Occami), also known as the principle of parsimony or the law of parsimony, is the problem-solving principle that “entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity”.
It is generally understood in the sense that with competing theories or explanations, the simpler one, for example a model with fewer parameters, is to be preferred.