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You should read Norman's "The Design of Everday Things." I bet you'd really enjoy the bit where he discusses hotel doors.

http://www.amazon.com/Design-Everyday-Things-Donald-Norman/d...

It's a really great book, and something I would consider a must-read for serious UI designers/developers. While the book was written in the 80s, and talks about things like ring slide projectors, VisiCalc, the original Macs, the ideas about what constitutes good and bad design are salient to this day.




Based on the title of the post, I'm sure that's where part of the inspiration for this post came from. That said, great book which I completely recommend.




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