Mobile makes us recognize the value of simplicity

So I’m listening to a great episode of The Big Web Show (episode 6) regarding mobile web design. It’s great because they veer off on a sort of tangent discussing how mobile sites are easier to use because they strip away as much excess as possible and leave you with the bare necessities. Contrast this to typical websites designed for larger screens filled with armies of animated ads and other “helpful” diversions. Good websites have focus, and mobile designs are getting this right simply because they have to maximize their use of space and bandwidth.

Perhaps the explosion of mobile web devices will force designers and developers to appreciate that same simplicity across all devices, big or small.