The Design of Everyday Things

RGB: The Design Book Club, a brand new content and design book club, kicks off with the design classic The Design of Everyday Things

Join us on Tuesday, February 5th, as we discuss Donald Norman’s book, which has been called “a powerful primer on how — and why — some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.” We’ll touch on how Norman’s ideas are found in both the objects and ideas we encounter every day, as well as how things have changed over the past few decades.

From the Amazon blurb:

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.

We hope to see you there!

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