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The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman
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This book is amazing. You'll never look at another door or faucet in the sameway.
If you take anything from this book, it is these 7 principles of making a difficult design task an easy one.

1. Use both knowledge in the world and knowledge in the head.
2. Simplify the structure of tasks.
3. Make things visible: bridge the gulfs of Execution and Evaluation.
4. Get the mappings right.
5. Exploit the power of constraints, both natural and artificial.
6. Design for error.
7. When all else fails, standardize.

Altough, the reason for the 4 star reviews, is that the book is a bit outdated. Not the design principles, even after 20 year since the book was published, some things are poorly designed. But the book use examples like telephones and the future of publishing, like Hyperlinks(!).
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April 19, 2013 – Started Reading
April 19, 2013 – Shelved
April 19, 2013 –
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May 9, 2013 – Finished Reading

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