Even Joel on Software has read Design of Everyday Things

20 Aug 2007

Joel on Software has read one of my favorite books, mentioned in his rant about the Office 2007 box:


The Book:


His other book:


And all Donald Norman's books:


Joel: This is the same box that Vista comes in. Nick White over at Microsoft seems proud of the novel design, but from the comments on the web it seems I'm not the only one who couldn't figure out how to open it. It seems like even rudimentary usability testing would have revealed the problem. A box that many people can't figure out how to open without a Google search is an unusually pathetic failure of design. As the line goes from Billy Madison: "I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."

Another interesting rant on Vista -- the third in three days by Windows lovers, no less:

"I've been using Vista on my home laptop since it shipped, and can say with some conviction that nobody should be using it as their primary operating system -- it simply has no redeeming merits to overcome the compatibility headaches it causes. Whenever anyone asks, my advice is to stay with Windows XP (and to purchase new systems with XP preinstalled)."