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The Design of Everyday Things

The Design of Everyday Things

by Don Norman

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2 Important Characteristics Of Good Design

  1. Discoverability - figure out which actions are possible and where and how to perform them
  2. Understanding - how is the product supposed to be used and what all the different controls and settings mean

Areas Of Design

  • Industrial design - emphasize form and material; optimize function, value, and appearance of products and systems for the benefit of both user and manufacturer.
  • Interaction design - emphasize understandability and usability; how people interact with ...

Good understanding of people is key. Designs should match the needs and capabilities of the people for whom they are intended. The philosophy of human-centeted design focuses on repeated approximations and avoids specifying the problem as long as possible when it comes to defining the specificati...

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