I’ve just had the pleasure of reading The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman. You should too.
For one, it’s a nice tour through our world with the focus on user experience and usability – the author has such an attention to stuff I wouldn’t even notice ( if it wasn’t for this book ) – Doors, Faucets or car radios. I look at stuff differently now.
The other remarkable thing about this book is that it’s first issue was published at the end of the 80′s – a time, were VCRs were new stuff, CDs even newer and computers not nearly where they are today. Almost prophetically, he thinks loudly about a device ( personal calendar ) that just works like modern smartphone calendar apps – with reminders, sharing and other useful functionality. Only that this kind of invention was 20 years away then.