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The KISS principle is a popular maxim often invoked when discussing a design process as a reminder to avoid the unnecessary complexity that can arise during the design process. The traditional expansion of this acronym is "Keep it Simple, Stupid".

Keep It Simple, Stupid. A maxim often invoked when discussing design to fend off creeping featurism and control development complexity. Possibly related to the marketroid maxim on sales presentations, "Keep It Short and Simple"?.

from the Jargon File

KISS ist ein Akronym aus dem Computer-Jargon und kann für folgende Ratschläge stehen:

  1. Keep it simple, stupid. (deutsch: „Gestalte es einfach, Dummkopf!“)
  2. Keep it small and simple. („Gestalte es klein und einfach“)
  3. Keep it sweet and simple. (..gefällig und einfach)
  4. Keep it simple and straightforward. („...einfach und überschaubar“)
  5. Keep it short and simple. („...kurz und einfach“, aus dem Bereich Marketing)
  6. Keep it simple and smart. ( Mach es clever und einfach)
  7. Keep it strictly simple. (Mach es strikt einfach)

Simplification good! Oversimplification bad!