The Design of Everyday Things

The Design of Everyday Things

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by Donald A. Norman
     
 

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Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we try to figure out the shower control in a hotel or attempt to navigate an unfamiliar television set or stove. When The Design of Everyday Things was published in 1988, cognitive scientist Don Norman provocatively proposed that the fault lies not in ourselves, but in design that ignores the needs and psychology

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Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we try to figure out the shower control in a hotel or attempt to navigate an unfamiliar television set or stove. When The Design of Everyday Things was published in 1988, cognitive scientist Don Norman provocatively proposed that the fault lies not in ourselves, but in design that ignores the needs and psychology of people. Fully revised to keep the timeless principles of psychology up to date with ever-changing new technologies, The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful appeal for good design, and a reminder of how — and why — some products satisfy while others only disappoint.

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"Provocative." —Time

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262525671
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
01/10/2014
Edition description:
revised and expanded edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
180,692
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Patrick Whitney
This book changed the field of design. As the pace of technological change accelerates, the principles in this book are increasingly important. The new examples and ideas about design and product development make it essential reading.

Tim Brown
Part operating manual for designers and part manifesto on the power of designing for people, The Design of Everyday Things is even more relevant today than it was when first published.

From the Publisher
"Part operating manual for designers and part manifesto on the power of designing for people, The Design of Everyday Things is even more relevant today than it was when first published." — Tim Brown,CEO, IDEO, and author of Change by Design

"This book changed the field of design. As the pace of technological change accelerates, the principles in this book are increasingly important. The new examples and ideas about design and product development make it essential reading." — Patrick Whitney, Dean, Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology

"The cumulated insights and wisdom of the cross-disciplinary genius Donald Norman are a must for designers and a joy for those who are interested in artifacts and people." — Cees de Bont, Dean, School of Design,Chair Professor of Industrial Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Cees de Bont
The cumulated insights and wisdom of the cross-disciplinary genius Donald Norman are a must for designers and a joy for those who are interested in artifacts and people.

Meet the Author

Business Week has named Don Norman as one of the world's most influential designers. He has been both a professor and an executive: he was Vice President of Advanced Technology at Apple; his company, the Nielsen Norman Group, helps companies produce human-centered products and services; he has been on the faculty at Harvard, the University of California, San Diego, Northwestern University, and KAIST, in South Korea. He is the author of many books, including The Design of Everyday Things, The Invisible Computer (MIT Press, 1998), Emotional Design, and The Design of Future Things.

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The Design of Everyday Things 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Norman argues that most "human error" is design error, that things should be as intuitively simple as possible, and that there should be safeguards against making serious errors. How reasonable! How intelligent! How rarely followed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I constantly find myself thinking about it, quoting it and recommending it to friends. Unfortunately, it can't be force-fed to all would-be designers, but it gives me ammunition and armor against their excuses.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A splendid book. Well written and well argued. The author's premise is that 'form follows function' far too infrequently and he suggests some ways of improving things as well as giving some pointed (and often hilarious) criticism of contemporary design. It only misses a fifth star because it is a little over-long.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hi. I'm a M.S. student in the dept. of STS (Sci & Tech Studies) at RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). I found this book on the bookshelf by chance and took a look at it, and WOW! Though this book was not the textbook I had to use (it was a textbook for other class), I bought it. You will find it quite interesting.