There's a curious thing you notice as you get better at your craft: great work always feels right. Add more to it and it feels overly decorated, remove any more and it feels barren.
Like a piano riff with just the right notes.
Or a paragraph with just the right words, each word fighting to earn its place.
And that's when you realize the underlying quality behind all great work: it's less about what you add, and more about what you intentionally leave out.
Truths are often rediscovered many times, and perhaps unsuprisingly, folks across fields have arrived at the same truth here too:
It’s not the notes you play, it’s the notes you don’t play – Miles Davis
I would have written a shorter letter, but I didn’t have the time – Mark Twain
Less is better – Dieter Rams
Make all visual distinctions as subtle as possible while still effective – Edward Tufte
A good advertisement is one which sells the product without drawing attention to itself – David Ogilvy
The best code is no code at all – Jeff Atwood