The Design of Everyday Things

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Basic Books, 2002 - Technology & Engineering - 257 pages
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First, businesses discovered quality as a key competitive edge; next came service. Now, Donald A. Norman, former Director of the Institute for Cognitive Science at the University of California, reveals how smart design is the new competitive frontier. 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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Great premise--OK execution - Goodreads
Fantastic introduction to interface design. - Goodreads
Great book for simple but obvious insights. - Goodreads
Slightly tighter prose. - Goodreads
The basic premise though has not changed. - Goodreads
First of all, the book references illustrations. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Iain - Goodreads

Norman shows he still has solid insights into product design and human behavior in this update of his 80's classic. Read full review

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User Review  - Raphael Gaschignard - Goodreads

Absolutely a joy to read. An eye-opener on the faillures of design over the years. Very much about utilitarian design though ( so artsy types might be offended) Read full review

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About the author (2002)

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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