Don Norman: Designing For People

Nielsen Norman Group

HP Vertical Scanner (scanjet 4670)

HP has typically been thought of as an engineering company: products made by engineers, for engineers. Solid, advanced technology, reliable -- but not particularly exciting. Well, there is a new HP now and their products are indeed exciting, with tasteful, colorful industrial design. And in this case, ground-breaking design. A scanner that sits vertically on the desk, taking up less space. And transparent, so you can see what is being scanned. And movable, so you can hold it against the wall, or move it across a large object (say, a two-page spread of a newspaper), stitching it together later into a seamless image. Kudos to the new HP! HP website.