An unreadable book on usability

Sadly, Ben Shneiderman's book [Leonardo's Laptop](, rather than taking its inspiration from da Vinci and using it to inform an intelligent foray into usability hijacks the great man, making him the author's mouthpiece, and contrives to spew almost uninterrupted marketese, in the process getting under the skin of the thoughtful reader by mis-quoting Star Trek, glibly asserting that computers will never be creative, and making the ideal future look as though it has come straight from a Silicon Valley press release.

Last updated 2006/03/11