Mechanical sympathy is the ability to have an awareness of and empathy for how a machine works, as well as the capacity to adjust your engagement with that machine to help it perform optimally. If you have some mechanical sympathy for data and spreadsheets, you’ll likely get a lot more mileage out of them than if you expect to be able to squirt any old nonsense into them.

I wrote this article about mechanical sympathy for DBW in October 2015. Read the full article at Digital Book World.