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The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman
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Apr 03, 12

Read from March 17 to April 03, 2012

Makes me pay more attention to design around me (this door gives no feedback that it's locked, I have to look at the little diagrams on my stove top every time to see which dial goes with which burner, etc), which is awesome.

It does show its age (published in 1988), especially at the end while discussing information technology and computers. His 2 concerns are how expensive telecommunications will be, and how we'll manage to find anything with so much data to sift through. Cellphone bills can get up there, and search engines aren't perfect, but a good reminder not to sound too confident when discussing the future. Still, it's depressing that a lot of things are still relevant (majority of computer interfaces are terrible, relatively little (if any) attention given to design, many doors still need "push" and "pull" labels).
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