In my last post, I talked about how I’ve become extremely conscious about the usability and “friendliness” of my software applications. But I’ve also become more aware of the everyday objects I see and use, as well, especially after reading Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman.
In his preface to the 2002 edition of the text, Norman states that his goal, if nothing else, is to “show [the reader] how to take delight in good designs and to take umbrage at mediocre, thoughtless, inappropriate ones” (xv). And throughout the book, he stresses the importance of adhering to the basic design principles of “visibility, appropriate clues, and feedback of one’s actions” (9).
I happened upon an interesting example of this not too long ago. A friend of mine is remodeling his house, and while he was giving me a quick tour, I happen to notice the pull cords on his fan/light fixture. I started freaking out and immediately told him I needed a picture of it.