Wouldn't it be nice if your trash can could open it's lid all by itself? Well this new trash can from SimpleHuman (a brand that makes tools for efficient living) does just that. When your hand is within 6 inches of trash can sensor it opens the lid for you. This is handy because often times your hands are full, or dirty when you are dealing with garbage.
Smashing Magazine has put together a list of 50 web sites with Simple and Clean Design.
Let's put it straight - simplicity is more complex than you probably think it is. To design a website in user friendly tones, presenting all information and removing unnecessary details isn't easy.
There is a great post over on Presentation Zen on the signal to noise ratio.
One of the coolest, most useful books I have on my shelf is Universal Principles of Design. This is a beautifully simple book and one that is immensely useful, a must for professionals and leaders from any discipline. The subtitle of the book pretty much sums it up: "100 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach Through Design." Even trained designers will want this book somewhere on their shelf.