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Can a Standard Panic Button Save Lives? (Fox News)

In the age of adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings, and self-parking vehicles, many drivers are confused about one simple operation: shutting down the car in an emergency. December 22, 2011

Conversation: Jon Kolko & Don Norman mediated by Richard Anderson (Riander Blog)

Out with the Old, In with the New: A Conversation with Don Norman & Jon Kolko, mediated by Richard Anderson. The item contains photos, a transcript, and an embedded video of the event. Topics addressed included the nature of and the difference between art and design, whether design should be taught in art schools (such as AAU), Abraham Maslow, usability, what design (or all) education should be like, the problem with "design thinking" courses, the destiny of printed magazines and printed books, aging and ageism, the relationship between HCI and interaction design, Arduino, simplicity, social media, Google, privacy, design research, the context in which design occurs, the Austin Center for Design, solving wicked problems, whether designers make good entrepreneurs, politics, Herb Simon & cybernetics, the strengths & weaknesses of interconnected systems, and how designers should position themselves. December 17, 2011

As Kindle Fire Faces Critics, Remedies Are Promised (The New York Times)

The Kindle Fire, Amazon’s heavily promoted tablet, is less than a blazing success with many of its early users. The most disgruntled are packing the device up and firing it back to the retailer. December 12, 2011

Interview with Don Norman: Safety Designed In (Edmunds Auto Observer)

Jeremy Anwyl, CEO of Edmunds.com, interviews Don Norman while reviewing the new SYNC control system for Ford Motor Company. Summary: The modern car is far too complex, thus creating potential dangerous conditions. Instead of concentrating on the road, the driver controls the entertainment and comfort system: lots of controls, lots of menus, and screens that have to be watched to ensure the right item is selected. May 3, 2011

Testing the Limits With Jakob Nielsen (UTest.com)

What an honor it is to have Jakob Nielsen – the “King of Usability” – as our Testing the Limits guest this month. In part I of our interview, we get his thoughts on the evolution of user experience; the superiority of native apps; tablet usability; the death of PDF files; iPhone vs. Android and other hot topics. Be sure to check back tomorrow for Part II of the interview. Enjoy! April 26, 2011

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