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Psychology Of Everyday Things Hardcover – 13 Jun 1988

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (13 Jun. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465067093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465067091
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 1.6 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

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 fascinating, ingenious--even liberating--book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology.

About the Author

Donald A. Norman is Professor of Computer Science at Northwestern University, a former "Apple Fellow," and a partner in the Nielsen Norman Group Consulting Firm, which consults with corporations on design. He is the author of a number of books on design, including Emotional Design and the best-selling The Design of Everyday Things. He lives in Northbrook, Illinois and Palo Alto, California.


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By A Customer on 14 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Same book as the paperback "The Design of Everyday Things". Just as good a book under either title. (You'll find more reviews of it under the other title.)
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This book should be a pre-requisite for all entering students in industrial design or at least a textbook for a class in human factors/ergonomics. That it is so enjoyable to read for non-designers is a plus.
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...This book has very little if anything to do with software design, or even door handle to tap design. These examples are given purely to demonstrate what the book is really about, which the Design of the human brain. Although he talks a lot about the physical objects around us, he continually refers back to why the objects are the way they are and how the human brain makes decisions about how it will interact will them. He is trying to explain that the design of objects does not exist in isolation. An object is not in itself functional. It becomes functional when it begins to interact with its surroundings, and that interaction is frequently with humans. As well as interacting physically with objects, human must interact psychologically with them, although this psychological is frequently (and often should be) sub conscious. Understanding the nature of these subconscious psychological interaction with our surrounding's is what this book is about, and it's very interesting, often amusing, and despite the dodgy 1970's photos, it will be timeless.
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This book breaks through the ergonomics enlightment barrier. There is now NO excuse for overtly anti-user design. Except that the ideas appear so obvious after reading that cynics will continue to trivialise usability as cosmetic. Essential reading for Designers, Programmers, Engineers, Architects and a lot more besides.
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...so don't buy them both.

Anyway, should be required reading in high school by all humans in who build or use designed things.
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