The Design of Future Things / Edition 1

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Overview

Donald A. Norman, a popular design consultant to car manufacturers, computer companies, and other industrial and design outfits, has seen the future and is worried. In this long-awaited follow-up to The Design of Everyday Things, he points out what’s going wrong with the wave of products just coming on the market and some that are on drawing boards everywhere-from “smart” cars and homes that seek to anticipate a user’s every need, to the latest automatic navigational systems. Norman builds on this critique to offer a consumer-oriented theory of natural human-machine interaction that can be put into practice by the engineers and industrial designers of tomorrow’s thinking machines. This is a consumer-oriented look at the perils and promise of the smart objects of the future, and a cautionary tale for designers of these objects-many of which are already in use or development.

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This is the sequel to The Design of Everyday Things that Donald Norman's fans have been eagerly anticipating. The Design of Future Things serves a double purpose. It heralds mind-boggling advances in "smart" technology, but it also sounds a cautionary critique of gizmos that can run amuck like sorcerer's apprentices. Fun futurism for techies and techies in training.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465002276
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 10/29/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2010

    Sample and picture of wrong book

    I had several emails with B&N customer service, but they still didn't see the problem. The picture here and the free sample download are of his first book "The Design of Everyday Things" which can be found on this site, but this comment section prevents me form linking to it.

    I haven't purchased the actual e-book yet because I have no way of knowing it it will be the correct book. However, other large online book sites have the correct cover.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2010

    Confusion

    I had the same confusing experience as the other "review". Just for the record. The NookBook is "The Design of Everyday Things" when downloaded... lucky for me, that's what I wanted.

    I am just starting the book, but had to give a rating to post this... so 3 seems fair.

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