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....

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...

Doing Things with Things

Doing Things with Things


  • Author : Ole Dreier
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-05-23
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317148579


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...

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...

Living with Complexity
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Living with Complexity


  • Author : Donald A. Norman
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2016-02-12
  • Genre: Complexity (Philosophy)
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262528948


Living with Complexity Book Description :

Simplicity turns out to be more complex than we thought. In this 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 a crash course in the virtues of complexity.--[book jacket]....

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....

The Contextual Nature of Design and Everyday Things

The Contextual Nature of Design and Everyday Things


  • Author : Jacques Giard
  • Publisher : Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company
  • Release Date : 2016-06-24
  • Genre:
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 146529662X


The Contextual Nature of Design and Everyday Things Book Description :

The Contextual Nature of Design and Everyday Things focuses on the history of industrial design beginning in the 18th century in principally in Europe and the United States but does so with a thematic twist. Instead of revealing the world of everyday things in a chronological manner as many books do, The Contextual Nature of Design and Everyday Things does so by way of different themes. This direction is taken for one principal reason: design never occurs out of context. In other words, the design of everyday things is a reflection of place, people and process. It cannot be otherwise. Consequently, these broader issues become the themes for the exploration of everyday things. There are ten themes in all. These are: World View of Design, which examine...

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...