Take the dispiritingly large number of products that are designed to appear complex in an attempt to disguise the fact that there is little — or nothing — innovative about them. Familiar objects with dwindling potential for functional improvement, like toasters and refrigerators, are particularly prone to this syndrome. Why else would they be embellished with so many buttons, dials, flashing screens and stylistic touches, if not to foster the illusion that they are superior to their predecessors?
Does Digital Age Overcomplicate Design? – NYTimes.com