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The Design of Everyday Things
The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition | Donald A. Norman
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 Donald A. Norman hails excellence of design as the most important key to regaining the competitive edge in influencing consumer behavior. 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.
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“Good design is actually a lot harder to notice than poor design, in part because good designs fit our needs so well that the design is invisible, serving us without drawing attention to itself. Bad design, on the other hand, screams out its inadequacies, making itself very noticeable.”

zezeki This book was additional reading for one the classes I was taking! 5mo
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PedestalNix
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Absolutely fantastic. Anyone who plans to build something to be used by another human should read this. It gives good, useful views on error, the process of goal-directed action, and usability generally.

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If a design depends upon labels, it may be faulty.

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Travelling again. This is such a interesting book to read as a designer. It started with the explanation of the difference between designers and engineers. I found it very informative although I still feel like I have no idea how engineers think and get through life in general. 😂 I also like Norman's way of writing.

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danny
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Once, I felt stupid for trying to lick cookie dough off the mixer while it was running. Now I know that the designer of the mixer is to blame. Thanks, Donald Norman!

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This semester's assigned reading.

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k.reads
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teashop reading

readinginthedark 😍😍😍 3y
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Good design is actually a lot harder to notice than poor design, in part because good designs fit our needs so well that the design is invisible, serving us without drawing attention to itself. Bad design, on the other hand, screams out its inadequacies, making itself very noticeable.

KCorter Sounds like something you would like, @acorter. 3y
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This is a paradigm-shifting book; in fact, it's single-handedly created a whole new field: design psychology! I think Steve Jobs & Jonny Ives may have read this, and then went on to make incredible Apple products from it. Seriously. You will see man-made products in a whole new light--one of those once-you-see-it-you-can't-unsee-it moments. And you'll want to become an engineer, lol. Mind-blowing! #PairWith: Miller High Life, bottles up, cold.

Hornsby78 This sounds fascinating! Thanks for the review. 3y
she_barks During my first week at Microsoft (way back in the 90s) I was told this was required reading. It's one of the few "work" books that survived my basement purge. 3y
MrBook @Hornsby78 You're welcome 😁👍🏻! Glad I could be of service ☺️. @she_barks And it was required reading for my website development college class in 2000 😁🙌🏻! 3y
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bookwrm526 If you enjoy this you may also like the podcast 99% Invisible 3y
MrBook @bookwrm526 Oh, nice, thank you for the rec! I'll be checking it out 😁😎👍🏻! 3y
bookwrm526 @MrBook let me know what you think! 3y
MrBook Absolutely 😊👍🏻! 3y
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#foundpoem "Cognition and emotion are tightly intertwined, which means that the designers must design with both in mind."

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Current reading.

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