The Design of Everyday Things

The Design of Everyday Things

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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 lies in product design that ignore the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. A bestseller in the United States, this bible on the cognitive aspects of design contains examples of both good and bad design and simple rules that designers can use to improve the usability of objects as diverse as cars, computers, doors, and telephones.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 11mm | 385g
  • MIT Press
  • Cambridge, Mass., United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 57
  • 0262640376
  • 9780262640374
  • 95,006

Table of contents

The psychopathology of everyday things; the psychology of everyday actions; knowledge in the head and in the world; knowing what to do; to err is human; the design challenge; user-centred design.
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Review quote

"Norman... makes a strong case for the needlessness of badlyconceived and badly designed everyday objects... [T]his book mayherald the beginning of a change in user habits and expectations, achange that manufacturers would be obliged to respond to. Buttonpushers of the world, unite." Los Angeles Times
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About Donald A. Norman

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.
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