Living With Complexity

February 12, 2016|
Living With Complexity by Donald A. Norman
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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 playing sports, and this is how we can master our complex tools.

Complexity is good. Simplicity is misleading. The good life is complex, rich, and rewarding—but only if it is understandable, sensible, and meaningful.

Business Week has named Don Norman 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; and he has been on the faculty at Harvard, the Unive...
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Title:Living With Complexity
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:308 pages, 8 X 5.44 X 0.82 in
Shipping dimensions:308 pages, 8 X 5.44 X 0.82 in
Published:February 12, 2016
Publisher:MIT Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780262528948

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