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December book: Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman

  • Dec 4, 2013 · 6:00 PM

We're finally reading the revised and expanded edition of Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman.

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.

Buy the Design of Everyday Things from Amazon as a paperback or ebook.


6:00 - 6:30 Pizza & beer 
6:30 - 7:45 Book discussion  
7:45 - 8:00 Next month's book, conference announcements, job announcements


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm getting a cold so I'm going to skip tonight. Sorry to miss it!

    December 4, 2013

  • sachin w.

    I missed the previous meet, hoping to join the group this time !

    November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a very good read. It seems like I've marked up every other page.

    November 12, 2013

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