The Ockham’s Razor principal states that, given a choice between functionally equivalent designs, the simplest design should be selected. Unnecessary weight, whether physical, visual, or cognitive, degrades performance. Simple is better. Achieving this kind of elegance in a design is difficult. Aim for it anyway.
YES: Simple display of just what the user needs to know.
NO: Shows too much information and too many choices highlighting is consistent and restrained.
Voice of the Expert:
Steve Jobs is probably the most current and well-known proponent of design simplicity. Much of the Apple magic is derived from the mantra of product simplicity.