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The Design of Everyday Things
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Basic Books
Publication date November 5, 2013
Pages 347
Binding Paperback
Edition Rev exp
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780465050659
ISBN-10 0465050654
Dimensions 1 by 6.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Original list price $17.99
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description:
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.

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Rev exp edition from Mit Pr (January 10, 2014); titled "The Design of Everyday Things"
9780262525671 | details & prices | List price $26.95
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Rev exp edition from Basic Books (November 5, 2013); titled "The Design of Everyday Things"
9780465050659 | details & prices | 347 pages | 6.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $17.99
About: 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.
Reprint edition from Basic Books (September 18, 2002); titled "The Design of Everyday Things"
9780465067107 | details & prices | 256 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $16.95
About: Reveals a current trend in smart design that can enable companies to move to or remain on the leading edge of the competitive frontier, offering a primer on how and why various products succeed or fail to satisfy consumers.
Reprint edition from Mit Pr (August 1, 1998); titled "The Design of Everyday Things"
9780262640374 | details & prices | 274 pages | List price $24.95
About: A fully updated and expanded edition of Don Norman's classic and influential work, which pioneered the application of cognitive science to design.
Reissue edition from Doubleday (February 1, 1990)
9780385267748 | details & prices | 257 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $15.95
About: Identifies the principles of good design, explains how many everyday appliances and machines fall short, and discusses design trends of the future

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