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
First of all, the book references illustrations. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Tanner Welsh - Goodreads

Notes and quotes: Two fundamental principles of designing for people: 1. Provide a good conceptual model 2. Make things visible "Whenever the number of possible actions exceeds the number of controls ... Read full review

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User Review  - Boyan Mihaylov - Goodreads

A wonderful collection of tips & tricks when it comes to design. It is incredible how since the first edition of this book in 1988 many of the principles are still the same. 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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