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The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman
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DoeT isn't the world's best written book—Norman's style is too often kvetchy-casual, sounding more like a modern-day ranty blog post than a classic of academic design writing.

But that is only one way in which this book is ahead of its time. The observations and recommendations regarding usable design here hold to extremely well 25 years later; even though Norman's examples concern ancient phone systems and slide projectors, it all translates perfectly well to virtual touchscreen UIs of today. And when he makes predictions about the future, he's eerily prescient. Watch him describe smartphones, the World Wide Web, Nest thermostats, and Siri… in 1988. Not only does he correctly predict future technology, he's better aware of its problems than today's designers.

That alone excuses the book's stylistic shortcomings and proves its undeniable worth.
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April 29, 2014 – Shelved
April 29, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
June 17, 2014 – Started Reading
July 1, 2014 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Joe (new) - rated it 3 stars

Joe Yeah, if nothing else, Norman's heart is in the right place.


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