The Design of Everyday Things
Score: 3.5
From 28 Ratings

The Design of Everyday Things


  • Author : Don Norman
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2013-11-05
  • Genre: Design
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780465072996


The Design of Everyday Things Book Description :

Design doesn't have to complicated, which is why this guide to human-centered design shows that usability is just as important as aesthetics. 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....

Living with Complexity
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Living with Complexity


  • Author : Donald A. Norman
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2010-10-29
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262296878


Living with Complexity Book Description :

Why we don't really want simplicity, and how we can learn to live with complexity. If only today's technology were simpler! It's the universal lament, but it's wrong. In this provocative and informative book, Don Norman writes that the complexity of our technology must mirror the complexity and richness of our lives. It's not complexity that's the problem, it's bad design. Bad design complicates things unnecessarily and confuses us. Good design can tame complexity. Norman gives us a crash course in the virtues of complexity. Designers have to produce things that tame complexity. But we too have to do our part: we have to take the time to learn the structure and practice the skills. This is how we mastered reading and writing, driving a car, and playi...

Emotional Design
Score: 3
From 5 Ratings

Emotional Design


  • Author : Don Norman
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2007-03-20
  • Genre: Design
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780465004171


Emotional Design Book Description :

Why attractive things work better and other crucial insights into human-centered design Emotions are inseparable from how we humans think, choose, and act. In Emotional Design, cognitive scientist Don Norman shows how the principles of human psychology apply to the invention and design of new technologies and products. In The Design of Everyday Things, Norman made the definitive case for human-centered design, showing that good design demanded that the user's must take precedence over a designer's aesthetic if anything, from light switches to airplanes, was going to work as the user needed. In this book, he takes his thinking several steps farther, showing that successful design must incorporate not just what users need, but must address our minds by...

The Design of Everyday Things
Score: 3.5
From 38 Ratings

The Design of Everyday Things


  • Author : Donald A. Norman
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Design
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0262525674


The Design of Everyday Things Book 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 Design of Future Things

The Design of Future Things


  • Author : Don Norman
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2009-05-12
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780465013036


The Design of Future Things Book Description :

First, businesses discovered quality as a key competitive edge; next came service. Now, Donald A. Norman, former Director of the Institute for Cognitive Science at the University of California, reveals how smart design is the new competitive frontier. The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how--and why--some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them....

The Design of Everyday Life

The Design of Everyday Life


  • Author : Elizabeth Shove
  • Publisher : Berg
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781845206833


The Design of Everyday Life Book Description :

How do common household items such as basic plastic house wares or high-tech digital cameras transform our daily lives? This title considers this question, from the design of products through to their use in the home. It looks at how everyday objects, ranging from screwdrivers to photo management software, are used on a practical level....

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People


  • Author : Susan Weinschenk
  • Publisher : Pearson Education
  • Release Date : 2011-04-14
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0132658607


100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People Book Description :

We design to elicit responses from people. We want them to buy something, read more, or take action of some kind. Designing without understanding what makes people act the way they do is like exploring a new city without a map: results will be haphazard, confusing, and inefficient. This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. With it you’ll be able to design more intuitive and engaging work for print, websites, applications, and products that matches the way people think, work, and play. Learn to increase the effectiveness, conversion rates, and usability of your own design projects by finding the answers to questions such as: What grabs and holds attention on a page or screen? What m...

Doing Things with Things

Doing Things with Things


  • Author : Alan Costall
  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Release Date : 2012-11-28
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781409487098


Doing Things with Things Book Description :

It has been claimed that the natural sciences have abstracted for themselves a 'material world' set apart from human concerns, and social sciences, in their turn, constructed 'a world of actors devoid of things'. While a subject such as archaeology, by its very nature, takes objects into account, other disciplines, such as psychology, emphasize internal mental structures and other non-material issues. This book brings together a team of contributors from across the social sciences who have been taking 'things' more seriously to examine how people relate to objects. The contributors focus on every day objects and how these objects enter into our activities over the course of time. Using a combination of different theoretical approaches, including acto...

Universal Principles of Design  Revised and Updated
Score: 3.5
From 4 Ratings

Universal Principles of Design Revised and Updated


  • Author : William Lidwell
  • Publisher : Rockport Pub
  • Release Date : 2010-01-01
  • Genre: Design
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781592535873


Universal Principles of Design Revised and Updated Book Description :

A cross-disciplinary reference of design. Pairs common design concepts with examples that illustrate them in practice....