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The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman
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it was amazing
bookshelves: technology, design

A splendid book that I finally got around to reading, The Design of Everyday Things walks us through exactly what the title promises. Norman explores phones, doors, car keys, VCRs, water faucets, and signage, looking for principles that show how these work well or poorly.

Despite the author being a psychologist, the books is beautifully bereft of jargon. It reads like Asimov's nonfiction: accessible, brisk, pedagogically attuned, and often witty.

One nice assumption: that the user (you) is usually right. When we run into problems with things, it's often because of poor design.

As someone who grows more obsessed with bad signage every year, I found this a very pleasant read.

Recommended for anyone working with design, with technology, with spaces. And fans of Edward Tufte.
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Reading Progress

January 26, 2014 – Started Reading
January 26, 2014 – Shelved
May 6, 2014 – Shelved as: technology
May 6, 2014 – Shelved as: design
May 6, 2014 – Finished Reading

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Vidya Ananthanarayanan I read this for an assignment during my Master's. One of my favourite books ever!


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