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Analog In, Digital Out: Brendan Dawes on Interaction Design by Brendan Dawes

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18. Perfection? In a Word, the Pencil

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A friend of mine once remarked, “Why can’t a computer be as easy to use as a pencil?” And he had a very good point. You pick it up, use it, put it away—no instructions needed. You instantly understand how it works.

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Every time I approach design, I think of the flawless simplicity and stunning visual feedback of the humble pencil.

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This thing that we use every day, without ever giving it a second thought, is so ...

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