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The Design of Everyday Things

Don Norman


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ISBN: 9780465050659
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"Design may be our top competitive edge. This book is a joy-fun and of the utmost importance."-Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence
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  • Paperback
    $21.00
ISBN: 9780465050659
ANNOTATION:
"Design may be our top competitive edge. This book is a joy-fun and of the utmost importance."-Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence

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"Design may be our top competitive edge. This book is a joy-fun and of the utmost importance."-Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence

Publisher Description

Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious,even liberating,book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other assistance and unreasonable demands on memorization. The Design of Everyday Things shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time.In this entertaining and insightful analysis, cognitive scientist Don Norman hails excellence of design as the most important key to regaining the competitive edge in influencing consumer behaviour. Now fully expanded and updated, with a new introduction by the author, The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how,and why,some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.

Author Biography

"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".

Review

Choice "Even classics can be updated and improved... Highly recommended." "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, and Steelcase/Robert C. Pew Professor of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology "Twenty-five years ago The Design of Everyday Things was instrumental in orienting my approach to design. With this latest revised and expanded edition, Don Norman has given me a host of new ideas to explore as well as reminding me of the fundamental principles of great and meaningful design. 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

Product Details

Publisher
Basic Books (AZ)
Language
English
ISBN-10
0465050654
ISBN-13
9780465050659
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Author
Don Norman
Year
2013
Country of Publication
United States
Short Title
DESIGN OF EVERYDAY THING-REV/E
Pages
347
Edition Description
Revised, Expand
Illustrations
illustrations
Publication Date
2013-11-05
Edition
2nd
Subtitle
Revised and Expanded Edition