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Make it so -- a book about design based on scenes from science fiction

makeitso.gifI try to read books from a variety of topics, since that is one way of generating innovative ideas. When I can find a book that intersects multiple interests, I usually try and pick it up.


Make it so is a book that looks at design and the related issues, using examples based on science fiction TV shows and movies. It is a great book to read and reference if you have strong interest in both areas. If your primary interest is science fiction and would like to understand the constraints the prop designers need to live within, it is interesting and entertaining. The book does delve into a level of detail that those with only a cursory interest in design will find tedious, at times.


I found it to be a fascinating book filled with thought provoking ideas that also stimulated an interest in movies and programs I hadn’t seen in a long time, since it is full of pictures of where the "products" are used. Like the mind booster from Forbidden Planet, or the Tricorder from Star Trek


When I think about the changes taking place in services, the ideas from this book will be useful since it is focused on why things look the way they do and how people interact with them.


There is one quote from the book that summed it up for me:

“we realized that for every eye-roll-worthy moment of technological stupidity, there are genuine lessons to be learned”

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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