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The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman
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it was amazing
bookshelves: currently-reading
Recommended for: designers, computer scientists, engineers

The book introduces basic psychological concepts from areas such as cognitive psychology and ties them into usability and design.

Even though the book feels a bit outdated (they talk about rotary phones and old sewing machines), all the principles covered in the book still apply today.

Even though the book was written with things in mind that most of us won't necessarily use anymore (such as the problem of threading a projector), the principles are still useful to know when designing modern-day things from cell phones to websites.

I would definitely suggest this book to designers, computer scientists, engineers and anyone who might create something for others to use.
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Jaki This is part of why edition really matters for this book -- the 2013 one is a lot less dated than the earlier ones, I think.


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