Building something simple is often the most difficult thing to do when creating. Let me tell you preparing a soft-boiled egg is hard! Timing is paramount, but technique is also key. Trial and error and error and error are inevitable for a novice.
The simpler the thing the more iteration, precision, editing, and questioning required. In my work, I have to decide what is important and how to portray the essence of a subject. Triumph comes when I’ve made it look effortless…in this case the perfect yolk just sitting there begging for a dip.
You might be expecting me to lay out a foolproof formula for cooking soft-boiled eggs. Alas the variables in egg size and temperature prevent such a thing. That’s why it is an art. Yes, cooking soft-boiled eggs is an art form.
I offer you some advice on technique and a bite of inspiration too. Steam don’t boil. I used a bamboo steamer. I can’t tell you how long it will take for you to make your perfect egg, but I do have some food for thought while your timer is running.
Check out this 52 WEEKS of UX blog post titled Simplicity isn’t that Simple.