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The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman
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it was ok
bookshelves: non-fiction, design

I'm just going to be real. This book was incredibly boring. I picked it up because I was told it was a classic of the field and would be useful to have in my reading repertoire. And truthfully, the only reason I gave it two stars instead of one is because of the impact this book has clearly had on the design field. I'm sure at the time of its original release, this book was light years ahead of others in the way that it thought about design. I can definitely see how its concepts have become a main part of every design education.

But ultimately, I thought this book was too wordy. It said in hundreds of pages what, in my opinion, could probably have been said in less. A lot of it is very common sense, in that most people don't even really think about the concepts.

Altogether, probably still good that I read it. But I'd be lying if I said that I didn't skim a majority of it for the important bits.
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Reading Progress

May 21, 2014 – Started Reading
May 21, 2014 – Shelved
May 21, 2014 – Shelved as: non-fiction
May 21, 2014 – Shelved as: design
May 21, 2014 –
page 36
15.0%
May 21, 2014 –
page 74
30.83%
May 21, 2014 – Finished Reading

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