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14 January 2006 @ 01:58 pm
"It won an award" is a four-letter word  
I'm reading The Design of Everyday Things right now, and Norman presents a truism that when confronted by an object or system that has (or seems to have) very low usability, you can bet that it probably won an award for its design. Well, that appears to still be true [ /. ]. Like many design award-winners, it appears aesthetically pleasing and prone to error and misuse in equal measure.
Bitwisebitwise on January 14th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
ipod? Tivo?
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on January 15th, 2006 05:38 am (UTC)
I've never used either, so I can't comment. It is a truism, not a rule.

Having owned a TiBook (and reading the Apple HCI guidelines), I'm a believer that Apple wins awards for its design after they've determined it is useable.
lyght on January 14th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
Hm. That's one I'll have to keep in mind if/when I ever have to do a sales pitch for our company's stuff. :p