Occam’s Razor

Occam's razor is a problem-solving principle that states that among competing hypothetical answers, the one that makes the least number of assumptions should be selected. In other words simpler solutions are more likely to be correct than complex ones. If an element can be discarded without losing its meaning, then it must be removed.



The Principle is named after William of Ockham (circa 1287–1347), an English Franciscan friar, philosopher and theologian during the Medieval period. Occam himself wrote: "Plurality must never be posited without necessity". Since then, this principle has been applied in a number of fields, including science, biology, medicine, probability theory, and statistics.

Tips & Tricks

  1. Every element on the site must be reasoned.
  2. After you have drawn a design, you should pay attention to each element and ask yourself why this element is here, and how can you refuse it.
  3. Remove barriers for your users. Show the user where to click. Eliminate redundant navigation elements.
  4. Optimize the number of fields and clicks needed to navigate to other pages.
  5. It is important not just to minimize the amount of unnecessary information, but to shorten the user's path to their goal.
  6. Focus on the useful information you post on the site.


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