[Article] How the Dumb Design of a WWII Plane Led to the Macintosh

[Article] How the Dumb Design of a WWII Plane Led to the Macintosh
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I really enjoyed this excerpt from a new book about user experience design.

It chronicles Paul Fitts, one of the pioneers of Ergonomics and Human Factors, (and ultimately created Fitts’s law which is critical for graphic user interfaces).

The article explores the work Fitts did during World War II, making instrumental panels and flight controls more usable.

It’s a great 12 minute read:

I’m considering buying the book once I get caught up on my other reading.

What do you all think of the article? Would anyone be interested in writing a book review for it?

I was really into the first part of the article. I’ve been working for about a year to champion UX prioritization at my company. Since one of my higher-ups is a former Navy pilot, I might still send him the history half. I wasn’t all that fond of the commentary half of that excerpt though. It made it feel like the part I was interested in was just included to setup their argument - sort of a long form clickbait.

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When you compare the glass displays of today with… this. Its night and day.

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