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The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman
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Jun 27, 11

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Read from June 17 to 27, 2011

This is a classic for a good reason: it states some plain truths in an engaging way. Donald Norman can be goofy in a grumpy old man kind of way, which makes it an entertaining read.

His point? Make it clear what people can do with a tool or object or system and then make it easy to do that thing. Don't get sucked in by a quest for beauty or originality if it will obscure usability and take away from functionality.

Basically if you work in design or usability in any capacity you have no business not reading this book, and I am embarrassed that it took me this long to get to it. Not everything is currently up to date, but the items that are out of date help to see where we've come from.
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06/17/2011 page 113
44.0% "I forgot to add this earlier, it's my fun book to read during lunch at work."
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