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on October 3, 2012
If you're into the nitty-gritty of interface design, this might be the one book you HAVE to buy this year.

I think we've all come to understand how the communicator from the original Star Trek TV series predated & predicted the flip phone that became so ubiquitous in the late 1990s; indeed, that was the design cue that prompted me to pick up this book in the first place. The great thing about this book is that it looks much, much deeper into interface design than Motorola's Star-Tac phone and many of the interfaces inspired by or affected by sci-fi movies & TV shows are things many of us wouldn't even think of at first.

I'm not into the nitty-gritty of interface design, but I am very much into design in general and a huge fan of sci-fi. There's 2 things that keep this book from 5 stars in my mind. #1 is the very small typeface chosen for the bulk of the book. I wear glasses for a reason, sure, but reading "Make It So" for long periods of time was difficult due to the size of the text. #2 is the times when the author goes off on a tangent about some particularly obscure aspect of interface design. Fortunately these latter sections are relatively few.

Overall, this is a fascinating book packed with great ideas and a ton of information on how sci-fi affects modern life. Recommended.
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