Discussing "The Design of Everyday Things" by Don Norman

Selected by popular vote, our next book will be The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman. *Please note: Surprisingly, there is no e-book version available. Please plan your reading schedule accordingly!

"Anyone who designs anything to be used by humans--from physical objects to computer programs to conceptual tools--must read this book, and it is an equally tremendous read for anyone who has to use anything created by another human. It could forever change how you experience and interact with your physical surroundings, open your eyes to the perversity of bad design and the desirability of good design, and raise your expectations about how things should be designed"

Please remember that you can come to the meeting even if you haven't read the book, though we do ask that you make an effort to familiarize yourself with the topic.

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  • Nick J.

    Fun conversation and book to be my first meetup. Wish folks talked more about the book and Norman's concepts and theories, as I think the conversation got sidetracked.

    1 · May 31, 2013

    • Gemma P.

      Thanks for joining us, Nick! Feel free to chime-in with your goals for the discussion next time :)

      June 3, 2013

  • Jeongmin Jenny L.

    Great book + discussion. Wish we could have discussed more non-digital products though!

    1 · May 31, 2013

  • Stephanie T.

    Very informative. Even tho I didn't read the book they filled me in very well.

    1 · May 30, 2013

  • Daniel B.

    Great meetup! Thank you for the thoughtful discussion.

    1 · May 30, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Good first book for first time UX book clubber! Subject matter was mainly reflecting on the world around us from a 2002 perspective. I enjoyed the personal computer prediction "that we will cary around with us at all times and it will send us reminders" and us discussing and reflecting how this has affected our lives and evolved to 2013.

    2 · May 30, 2013

  • Nikola R.

    Loved the discussion and how many different topics we hit on.

    1 · May 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Stuck at work. Have to cancel. Sorry

    May 29, 2013

  • Jayne S.

    Also stuck at work. Have fun without me!

    May 29, 2013

  • Justin S.

    I regret I can't make it after all. Happy discussing!

    May 29, 2013

  • Misty C.

    Sorry about the last minute cancellation, but something has come up and I won't be able to attend tonight. So sorry I'm going to miss this.

    May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    70-90% sure, but the Maybe went away a while ago

    May 22, 2013

  • Zeke F.

    iTunes sell an iBook (epub w/ DRM) version that works on iPhones and iPads, but some of the reviews state that the images are very low quality scans so beware. I'm assuming this is why the Kindle store has the book under review. The Google Play store doesn't have the book so no luck there. I still have my old paperback version (before kindle existed) so I guess I'm stuck with paper. ;) Looking forward to rereading this one.

    1 · May 2, 2013

    • Gemma P.

      Thanks Zeke!

      May 14, 2013

    • Ezekiel B.

      I can say, so the images are pretty awful on the iTunes version. If you have the option, get the printed book. If not, you'll just have to use your imagination for some of the examples.

      May 14, 2013

  • Daniel B.

    I just moved to Chicago and am looking for a bookstore that sells this book. Does anybody have any recommendations?

    May 6, 2013

    • Daniel B.

      It's in the mail. Looking forward to the discussion!

      1 · May 8, 2013

    • Gemma P.

      Hey Daniel - Sorry I'm just seeing this now. I'm glad you found a copy!

      1 · May 14, 2013

  • Sharon B.

    For those of you who have gotten to the discussion of the QWERTY keyboard in the book, some history behind the design from the Smithsonian: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/design/2013/05/fact-of-fiction-the-legend-of-the-qwerty-keyboard/

    4 · May 13, 2013

  • Theresa K.

    Yay, we get to read my pick :)

    3 · April 29, 2013

  • Lea

    Can't make it this time....and of course I've already read this one too! Looking forward to next month.

    1 · April 29, 2013

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