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Interesting book about design language and usability
on 12 January 2010
Mixture of popular account and technical detail sit oddly together. Some powerful insights about why some products/designs don't work, but not enough detailed analyst to be really useful to a designer, and yet too much to be compelling to a casual reader or to constitute a statement of a philosophy.
Also curiously dated, though in a way more interesting for that - a relic from the pre-broadband, pre-smartphone world. It's interesting how some of the 'hard constraints' that he perceives have just melted away with more processing power and bandwidth - he fantasises over the thought of a PDA not nearly as powerful as the smartphone in my pocket at the moment, and complains that online information services are constrained by bandwidth and cost limitations - Google search is simply beyond his imagining, in 1988. Wonder what similar blunders we are making now...