Complexity bias is a logical fallacy that leads us to give undue credence to complex concepts.
Faced with two competing hypotheses, we are likely to choose the most complex one. That’s usually the option with the most assumptions and regressions. As a result, when we need to solve a problem, we may ignore simple solutions—thinking “that will never work”—and instead favor complex ones. — Via Farnam Street
As a designer, I lean towards minimalism, elegance, and simplicity. But those qualities can be hard to achieve. I view a significant portion of my job as that struggle, for the benefit of my clients and collaborators. And now I realize that I’m actually trying to overcome this inherent bias, and enroll clients and collaborators in that journey as well.
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.