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message 1: by Boni (new)

Boni Aditya Yes, the book takes forever to read, i tried brute force on the book i.e. spend every living minute of the day on the book. I tried the marathon, but there is so much crammed into the book and is written like a text book - i.e. not designed for reading. For a guy who talks about superior design, he for once did not concentrate on designing the book for an easy read. I had to force myself to concentrate, because i could understand how important each of the concepts that he introduces. But, he can make this book more interesting.


message 2: by Jim (new)

Jim I think there is too much to reflect on to brute force this. I had to live some of his points to really appreciate them fully. I've never looked at a door the same since reading this! I went around for a week counting functions versus controls & comparing controls on proprietary systems (phones, headsets, etc.). I think that's the way this should be absorbed. It's too complex & subtle. Obviously some very smart people have screwed it up for years, too.


message 3: by Nenad (new)

Nenad Nikolić About the first sentence - the whole point of the book is that it IS book’s fault (writer’s) if it is difficult to read. Only purpose of the book is to be read, just like doors that should be easily opened.


message 4: by Jim (new)

Jim Nenad wrote: "About the first sentence - the whole point of the book is that it IS book’s fault (writer’s) if it is difficult to read. Only purpose of the book is to be read, just like doors that should be easil..."

I get what you're saying, but that's incorrect in this case. Read the second sentence. I didn't have a lot of time to devote to it which it requires & deserves. There was nothing convoluted about the writing, it was just dense with ideas.


message 5: by Buck (new)

Buck Jim - I read the article you linked (I'm older than you) and I put the book on my library wish list. I design not things, but places, but I am cognizant of poor design and good design in things. Thanks for letting me know about this book.


message 6: by Jim (new)

Jim Glad to turn you on to it, Buck. It gives a lot to think about.


message 7: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Mills Wow, never heard of this one but it sounds really cool. Even my husband would probably like it! He loves to figure out what makes things go.


message 8: by Nina (new)

Nina Fascinating review as usual, JIm. I can relate to some of the theme as I once almost walked through a glass door leading to a patio. Bad design, to say the least.


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