Careful With Those Features!

Steve Jobs had a chat with the media yesterday, and the discussion was well-covered by a Macworld article. When asked about adding a radio receiver to the iPod, Jobs responded:

We are very careful about what features we add because we can’t take them away.

This is a critical observation. Most of my favorite software has just enough features to get by, usually fewer obvious features than its competitors. You might call it “simplicity.” In the rush to justify a “Version 8.0 upgrade,” it’s easy to forget about simplicity.

When you find yourself designing anything – software, hardware, a website, whatever – never underestimate the value of “less features.”