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Designing with the Mind in Mind

“Early user interface (UI) practitioners were trained in cognitive psychology, from which UI design rules were based. But as the field evolves, designers enter the field from many disciplines. Practitioners today have enough experience in UI design that they have been exposed to design rules, but it is essential that they understand the psychology behind [...]
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101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die

I’ve been sucking down the same Oban, Glenmorangie 18, Laphroaig 10 and Highland Park 12 for many years now and it’s about time I brought in something new. “101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die” by Ian Buxton will be my guide. Coolhunting has a good review, “[Buxton] focuses generally on bottles that are neither obscure [...]
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Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig book review

“Written by Steven Heller and Elaine Lustig Cohen, the book details the many aspects of the life of Alvin Lustig including his work in both graphic and interior design, how he evolved as a designer, his interest in education and his passion for changing the world through his creations. The breadth of his understanding of [...]
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So whatever happened to the Automats?

“A coin-operated glass-and-chrome wonder, Horn & Hardart’s Automats revolutionized the way Americans ate when they opened up in Philadelphia and New York in the early twentieth century. [...] The Automat served freshly made food for the price of a few coins, and no one made a better cup of coffee. By the peak of its [...]
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Bill Bryson At Home

One of the things I really like about Bill Bryson’s writing is his ability to connect you to his theme. Doesn’t matter what it is, he pulls you right in. I’m barely into chapter 1 of his latest, At Home and he’s already dragging in Joseph Paxton, the guy that designed the Crystal Palace, and [...]
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