The Design of Everyday Things
Author : Don Norman
Publisher : Basic Books
Release :2013-11-05
Total pages :384
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES
ISBN : 9780465072996
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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 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.

The Psychology of Everyday Things
Author : Donald A. Norman
Publisher : Basic Books
Release :1990-05-01
Total pages :329
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES
ISBN : 0791716104
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The Design of Everyday Things
Author : Donald A. Norman
Publisher :
Release :2013
Total pages :368
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES
ISBN : 0262525674
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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, 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. In this entertaining and insightful analysis, cognitive scientist Don Norman hails excellence of design as the most important key to regaining the competitive edge in influencing consumer behavior. Now fully expanded and updated, with a new introduction by the author, 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 Future Things
Author : Don Norman
Publisher : Basic Books
Release :2009-05-12
Total pages :240
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES
ISBN : 9780465013036
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In The Design of Future Things, best-selling author Donald A. Norman presents a revealing examination of smart technology, from smooth-talking GPS units to cantankerous refrigerators. Exploring the links between design and human psychology, he offers a consumer-oriented theory of natural human-machine interaction that can be put into practice by the engineers and industrial designers of tomorrow's thinking machines. A fascinating look at the perils and promise of the intelligent objects of the future, The Design of Future Things is a must-read for anyone interested in the dawn of a new era in technology.

Doing Things with Things
Author : Ole Dreier
Publisher : Routledge
Release :2016-05-23
Total pages :256
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES
ISBN : 9781317148579
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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 actor network theory, ecological psychology, cognitive linguistics and science and technology studies, the book argues against the standard notion of objects and their properties as inert and meaningless and argues for the need to understand the relations between people and objects in terms of process and change.

Living with Complexity
Author : Donald A. Norman
Publisher :
Release :2016-02-12
Total pages :298
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES
ISBN : 9780262528948
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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].

Emotional Design
Author : Don Norman
Publisher : Basic Books
Release :2007-03-20
Total pages :272
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES
ISBN : 9780465004171
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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 attending to our visceral reactions, to our behavioral choices, and to the stories we want the things in our lives to tell others about ourselves. Good human-centered design isn't just about making effective tools that are straightforward to use; it's about making affective tools that mesh well with our emotions and help us express our identities and support our social lives. From roller coasters to robots, sports cars to smart phones, attractive things work better. Whether designer or consumer, user or inventor, this book is the definitive guide to making Norman's insights work for you.

The Design of Everyday Life
Author : Elizabeth Shove
Publisher : Berg
Release :2007
Total pages :174
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES
ISBN : 9781845206833
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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
Author : Jacques Giard
Publisher : Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company
Release :2016-06-24
Total pages :188
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES
ISBN : 146529662X
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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 examines the very broad picture of industrial design as an everyday activity undertaken by everyone and throughout the world; Design and the Natural World, which explores the interdependence between the Natural World and the Artificial World; Design and Economics, which delves into industrial design as a force of both macro- and micro-economics; Design and Technology, which looks at the evolution of materials and processes and their impact on industrial design; Design and Transportation, which reviews the role that industrial design has played in the development of transportation, especially rail, road and air; Design and Communication, which situates the place of industrial design in communication, both human communication and technical innovations in communication; Design and Education, which covers the development of the teaching and training of industrial designers; Design and Material Culture, which considers several case studies in industrial design as contemporary examples of material culture; Design and Politics, which positions industrial design as an integral part albeit indirect of one political system or another; and Design and Society, in which the fruits of industrial design can be perceived as mirrors or reflections of societal values. The Contextual Nature of Design and Everyday Things is an ideal book for face-to-face courses in industrial design history as well as those offered as hybrid and online. "

How Artifacts Afford
Author : Jenny L. Davis
Publisher :
Release :2020
Total pages :208
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES
ISBN : 9780262044110
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"The term "affordances," at least in the design literature, was popularized in Don Norman's The Design of Everyday Things. He brought affordances to design studies to address human-machine interactions. In recent years, the concept has picked up considerable steam as the study of computer mediated communication (CMC) and information communication technologies (ICTs) have become firmly entrenched in the academic canon. How ArtIfacts Afford is about the social dynamics of technology. It is about the ways that ethics, values, and interests are built into technological objects and how these objects take shape through interaction with human subjects. More specifically, this book is about technological affordances. Formally, affordances are defined as "the 'multifaceted relational structure' between an object/technology and the use that enables or constrains potential behavioral outcomes in a particular context". That is, affordances mediate between the features of a technology and the outcomes of engagement with that technology. Technologies don't make people do things, but instead, push, pull, enable, and constrain. Affordances are how objects shape behavior for socially situated subjects"--