After a week living in our new rental house, it feels fair to call out some aspects of the house as poorly designed. It's simple stuff like where the light switches are, which switch drives which light, and where the toilet paper rolls are hung. I'm sure I'll get used to it, but it is a good reminder to appreciate thoughtful design work that often goes un-noticed when everything "just works".
Thinking about this kind of design reminded me of a book I found inspiring in university, The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman. A new expanded and revised edition was released in 2013, so I'd love to re-read his book and see what new inspiration I can derive from it at this point in my life.
Here's a video of Donald Norman speaking at the Los Angeles User Experience Meetup: