The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman

Design is a critical element of the tools we use for almost everything we ever do in life. We don't think about it much, but good design makes the difference between a happy, productive day and a frustrating, pointless one. The book examines a great number of objects we take for granted: door handles, phones, teapots, stoves, pens. Some of the elements of good design:

My personal interest in design is primarily for software. The original printing of this book was in 1988, but all of these principles can be carried straight across into the digital world. Technology may have changed a lot, but the principles of design stay the same. Design is ultimately a matter of understanding human nature.

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