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
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  • 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...

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...

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 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....

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...

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....

The Beauty of Everyday Things

The Beauty of Everyday Things


  • Author : Soetsu Yanagi
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2019-01-31
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780241366363


The Beauty of Everyday Things Book Description :

The daily lives of ordinary people are replete with objects, common things used in commonplace settings. These objects are our constant companions in life. As such, writes Soetsu Yanagi, they should be made with care and built to last, treated with respect and even affection. They should be natural and simple, sturdy and safe - the aesthetic result of wholeheartedly fulfilling utilitarian needs. They should, in short, be things of beauty. In an age of feeble and ugly machine-made things, these essays call for us to deepen and transform our relationship with the objects that surround us. Inspired by the work of the simple, humble craftsmen Yanagi encountered during his lifelong travels through Japan and Korea, they are an earnest defence of modest, ho...

Design Your Life
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Design Your Life


  • Author : Ellen Lupton
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Release Date : 2009-05-12
  • Genre: Design
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429994231


Design Your Life Book Description :

Design Your Life is a series of irreverent and realistic snapshots about objects and how we interact with them. By leading design thinker Ellen Lupton and her twin sister Julia Lupton, it shows how design is about much more than what's bought at high-end stores or the modern look at IKEA. Design is critical thinking: a way to look at the world and wonder why things work, and why they don't. Illustrated with original paintings of objects both ordinary and odd, Design Your Life casts a sharp eye on everything from roller bags, bras, toilet paper, and stuffed animals to parenting, piles, porches, and potted plants. Using humor and insight Ellen and Julia explore the practical side of everyday design, looking at how it impacts your life in unexpected way...