I recently got an email from a reader asking if I notice non-software related design mistakes…. Of course I do! I strongly believe that once you start thinking about the world from a user centered view you see it in your everyday life. I drive my wife crazy with suggestions about how the can-opener, highway system, restaurant entry ways, and the diaper genie could all be better.
A couple of interesting resources I have found for this:
The Design of Everyday Things
This Is Broken
A Timeless Way of Building
I am sure there are 100s of others, what are your favorites?