The Design of Future Things

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Basic Books, May 1, 2009 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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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 tomorrowOCOs 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."
 

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Loved the premise, the execution left me a little cold. - LibraryThing
Easy to read and easy to understand. - LibraryThing
... as a reference point. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - MartinBodek - LibraryThing

What a wonderful and fascinating discussion of the good, the bad and the ugly design of the objects we use and that surround us. To think, this was written before the advent of the tech boom. His mind ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

A little too dated, unfortunately. Lots of his complaints have been addressed - but more issues continually arise. An updated and better written text should be required reading for every architect & designer. I found plenty of tidbits for a general interest reader. Read full review

Contents

Cautious Cars and Cantankerous Kitchens How Machines Take Control
1
The Psychology of People Machines
35
Natural Interaction
57
Servants of Our Machines
91
The Role of Automation
117
Communicating with Our Machines
135
The Future of Everyday Things
155
The Point of View Machines
177
Summary of the Design Rules
193
Recommended Readings
195
Acknowledgments
205
Notes
211
References
217
Index
225
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About the author (2009)

Donald A. Norman is the Breed Professor of Design at Northwestern University, a former Vice President at Apple Computer, 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 Design of Everyday Things. He lives in Palo Alto, California, and Evanston, Illinois.

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