Framework of Crisp

I’ve noticed the word “crisp” being used across various domains and scenarios. For example I read a job description that listed “crisp execution” as a requirement.

Jeff Bezos talks about writing “crisp” documents at Amazon.

My perfect meeting starts with a crisp document. So the document should be written with such clarity that it’s like angels singing from on high.

Jeff Bezos on Lex Fridman Podcast

WSJ author Dona Wong writes about creating “crisp” charts.

The best chart should be free of any distraction and allow the reader to compare or contrast the data and draw a conclusion. A chart with obtrusions such as heavy gridlines and 3-D rendering obscures the data and diverts the reader’s attention from the content. In contrast, a clean and crisp chart allows the reader to focus on the data, which is the message of the story.

The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics

Fitness and strength instructor Pavel Tsatsouline talks about executing “crisp” kettlebell swings.

Make sure every swing is crisp and perfect, with an explosive glute cramp on top of each rep and with an obvious kettlebell float.

Kettlebell Axe: High Speed, Low Drag Alternative to HIIT

I believe “crisp” as a framework can be applied in many scenarios.

The essence of crisp is to focus on the essential. To be crisp is to be tight, clean, and simple. It’s to be clear and effective. It’s about eliminating anything unnecessary until all that remains is the essence of what you are attempting to convey or do.

As Stilgar told Paul Atreides in the book “Dune”:

Be simple. Be direct. Nothing fancy.