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Forget the Nobels, the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science was just awarded to a hero of mine, Don Norman, for his work in user-centered design. This is one big deal and Don deserves all the acclaim. His books on Everyday Design and Emotional Design are breakthroughs and he is working on three more—at the same time.
There is a nice tribute to Don up on Core77’s site. Let me quote it: ” Donald Norman believes that everyday things need not wreak havoc in our lives. Instead, he likes things that make us smile, things that we can use gracefully the very first time. His goal is to make the interplay between science and application extremely productive, with machines designed so well we do not think about them as machines.”
I can go on and on about Don but you can actually see and hear him talk about his work on—YouTube. Check it out.
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