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The Design of Everyday Things

The Design of Everyday Things Description:

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 i should i be designed br br B amp W photographs and illustrations throughout

Rating: 3.49 out of 5

Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things

Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things Description:

Did you ever wonder why cheap wine tastes better in fancy glasses Why sales of Macintosh computers soared when Apple introduced the colorful iMac New research on emotion and cognition has shown that attractive things really do work better as Donald Norman amply demonstrates in this fascinating book which has garnered acclaim everywhere from i Scientific American i to i The New Yorker i i Emotional Design i articulates the profound influence of the feelings that objects evoke from our willingness to spend thousands of dollars on Gucci bags and Rolex watches to the impact of emotion on the everyday objects of tomorrow Norman draws on a wealth of examples and the latest scientific insights to present a bold exploration of the objects in our everyday world i Emotional Design i will appeal not only to designers and manufacturers but also to managers psychologists and general readers who love to think about their stuff

Rating: 3.45 out of 5

Living with Complexity

Living with Complexity Description:

If only today s technology were simpler It s the universal lament but it s wrong In this provocative and informative book Don Norman writes that the complexity of our technology must mirror the complexity and richness of our lives It s not complexity that s the problem it s bad design Bad design complicates things unnecessarily and confuses us Good design can tame complexity br br Norman gives us a crash course in the virtues of complexity Designers have to produce things that tame complexity But we too have to do our part we have to take the time to learn the structure and practice the skills This is how we mastered reading and writing driving a car and playing sports and this is how we can master our complex tools br br Complexity is good Simplicity is misleading The good life is complex rich and rewarding but only if it is understandable sensible and meaningful

Rating: 3.37 out of 5

The Design of Future Things

The Design of Future Things Description:

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 tomorrow s 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

Rating: 3.27 out of 5

Things That Make Us Smart: Defending Human Attributes In The Age Of The Machine

Things That Make Us Smart: Defending Human Attributes In The Age Of The Machine Description:

In Things That Make Us Smart Donald A Norman explores the complex interaction between human thought and the technology it creates arguing for the development of machines that fit our minds rather than minds that must conform to the machine Humans have always worked with objects to extend our cognitive powers from counting on our fingers to designing massive supercomputers But advanced technology does more than merely assist with thought and memory the machines we create begin to shape how we think and at times even what we value Norman in exploring this complex relationship between humans and machines gives us the first steps towards demanding a person centered redesign of the machines that surround our lives

Rating: 3.26 out of 5

The Invisible Computer: Why Good Products Can Fail, the Personal Computer Is So Complex, and Information Appliances Are the Solution

The Invisible Computer: Why Good Products Can Fail, the Personal Computer Is So Complex, and Information Appliances Are the Solution Description:

Technologies have a life cycle says Donald Norman and companies and their products must change as they pass from youth to maturity Alas the computer industry thinks it is still in its rebellious teenage years exulting in technical complexity Customers want change They are ready for products that offer convenience ease of use and pleasure The technology should be invisible hidden from sight br br In this book Norman shows why the computer is so difficult to use and why this complexity is fundamental to its nature The only answer says Norman is to start over again to develop information appliances that fit people s needs and lives To do this companies must change the way they develop products They need to start with an understanding of people user needs first technology last the opposite of how things are done now

Rating: 3.74 out of 5

Turn Signals Are The Facial Expressions Of Automobiles

Turn Signals Are The Facial Expressions Of Automobiles Description:

From water faucets and airplane cockpits to the concept of real time and the future of memory this wide ranging tour through technology provides a new understanding of how the gadgets that surround us affect our lives Donald Norman explores the plight of humans living in a world ruled by a technology that seems to exist for its own sake oblivious to the needs of the people who create it i Turn Signals i is an intelligent whimsical curmudgeonly look at our love hate relationship with machines as well as a persuasive call for the humanization of modern design

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

User Centered System Design: New Perspectives on Human-Computer Interaction

User Centered System Design: New Perspectives on Human-Computer Interaction Description:

This comprehensive volume is the product of an intensive collaborative effort among researchers across the United States Europe and Japan The result a change in the way we think of humans and computers br

Rating: 3.43 out of 5

Learning and Memory

Learning and Memory Description:

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Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Memory and attention; an introduction to human information processing

Memory and attention; an introduction to human information processing Description:

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Rating: 3.28 out of 5