"Proper design can make a difference in our quality of life."
Old but not dated, this book looks at the objects- both well-designed and not- that surround us and play vital roles in our daily lives. Norman delves into some fairly technical territory as he looks at the psychology of how people construct mental models of the world around them, assimilating feedback to determine the actions they take. He provides solid frameworks for making intuitive, easy-to-use products that will make people's lives better.
I'd recommend this read for the (ample) examples of good and poor design alone-- but if you have any interest in creating products/product design, DOET will inspire you to make great things.