Living With Complexity

Living With Complexity - The MIT Press

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Publisher's Synopsis

Why we don't really want simplicity, and how we can learn to live with complexity.

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.

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.

Complexity is good. Simplicity is misleading. The good life is complex, rich, and rewarding-but only if it is understandable, sensible, and meaningful.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262528948
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 601
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: viii, 298
Weight: 310g
Height: 137mm
Width: 203mm
Spine width: 20mm