The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition by Don NormanThe Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition by Don Norman

The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition

byDon Norman

Paperback | November 5, 2013

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The ultimate guide to human-centered design

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. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time.

The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how--and why--some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.
Don Norman is a co-founder of the Nielsen Norman Group, and holds graduate degrees in both engineering and psychology. His many books include Emotional Design, The Design of Future Things, and Living with Complexity. He lives in Silicon Valley, California.
Title:The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:November 5, 2013Publisher:Basic BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0465050654

ISBN - 13:9780465050659


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book If you want to learn about design and how it affects people this book gives a great insight.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book for those who love design! Don Norman explains us how designers could improve their products to make them useful to people! He explains the fact about how a simple door can be confusing to people. Must have, if you are into design, whether it is architecture, industrial design,etc.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ for every designer I bought this book because I wanted to learn more about the psychology behind design choices. This book is a classic. Every designer should own a copy!
Date published: 2017-01-03

Editorial Reviews

"Design may be our top competitive edge. This book is a joy--fun and of the utmost importance."-Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence