The Design of Everyday Things

The Design of Everyday Things

Revised and expanded edition

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Design doesn't have to complicated, which is why this guide to human-centered design shows that usability is just as important as aesthetics.

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.

The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how -- and why -- some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.

Book information

ISBN: 9780465050659
Publisher: Basic Books
Imprint: Basic Books
Pub date:
Edition: Revised and expanded edition
DEWEY: 745.20019
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 29423
Number of pages: xviii, 347
Weight: 382g
Height: 143mm
Width: 210mm
Spine width: 40mm