- Paperback: 347 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; Revised, Expanded edition (19 March 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465055710
- ISBN-13: 978-0465055715
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Design of Everyday Things Paperback – 19 Mar 2014
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About the Author
About the Author: Don Norman is the co-founder and consultant of the Nielsen Norman Group. He has primarily been an academician all his life in the areas of design, cognitive science and usability engineering. A number of research papers and academic books have been written by him. Some of them are Emotional Design, Living With Complexity, The Invisible Computer and Things That Make Us Smart.
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The older edition of this book (over 25 years ago) was called "The psychology of everyday things", and this is a revised edition - the examples are more suited to today's world as the internet and technology have greatly changed the way we live. I found it really interesting. I am always the person who tells people to read manuals if they can't understand how a device works. After reading this book, I stopped doing that- it is not people's fault if they have to struggle to figure out things. It is the designer's responsibility.
This book also delves deeply into the workings of the human brain and how it has evolved and how memory and assumptions work and don't work.
[I bought a paperback version of this book - the images and diagrams are all in black and white and font is okay, but the page quality is quite good, so is the binding.]
I'd strongly recommend this to all designers. Especially if you are an Interaction Designer or one who looks at design as a whole without constraining to visual/interaction, etc., then I'd say the last chapter "Design in the world of Business" is a MUST.
After reading the book you will appreciate the very few good designs you see around you and more importantly, how badly the things around us are designed,right from a gas stove to the nuclear power plant.He also draws the conclusion that most of the accidents are not due to the human error but due to the fault of the designers for not taking in to account the human factor in to their design.
Thanks to this book my attitude towards the design of every day things have changed and made me appreciate good designs and hold the designers to a higher standard
His Ted talk on aspects of good design is a short summary for those who don't have enough time to read his book
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