Preface

If Ernest Hemingway, James Mitchener, Neil Simon, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Pablo Picasso could not get it right the first time, what makes you think that you will?

Paul Heckel

This is a book about design. Mainly, it is about the design of appliances, structures, buildings, signs, and yes, computers, that exist in both the physical and behavioral sense. That is, there may be something concrete that you can touch, see, and hear. But there is also something that you can actively experience: something that involves dynamics or time; something with behavior that is usually the result of software running on an embedded microprocessor; and something whose design needs to be grounded in the nature of that experience.

The underlying premise ...

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