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on 16 August 2010
I am a bit surprised that this has so good reviews. I read it and found it fairly unenjoyable, not very insightful and often I thought "anybody could have written this."

That said, the examples are quite good reading and the man obviously does know his stuff, even if he doesn't seem to get it into his book. More detailed accounts of the accidents he studied would be interesting.

I just wish the book gave more solutions. It doesn't take a lot to criticise digital watches, but it is a lot harder coming up with a good design.

It is rather out of date, but I don't think that would've been a problem in general.
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on 30 March 2000
Papanek covered all of this ground 30 years ago, and rather better. Writing style is turgid.
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on 29 November 2000
If you dislike Norman's style... if you find his examples tedious - ditto. If you think his definitions are a little loose - don't ever read anything else by him, as his viewpoint is 'evolving', i.e. he keeps contradicting himself over time. Still. Donald A. Norman is a must-read if you get involved in HCI in any way. If only because his voice is heard loud and clear by course organisers in the UK.
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