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The Design of Everyday Things

Revised and Expanded Edition
Written by: Don Norman
Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The ultimate guide to human-centered design.

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 - audiobook, 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. 

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©2013 Don Norman (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Even classics can be updated and improved.... Highly recommended." (Choice)

"This book changed the field of design. As the pace of technological change accelerates, the principles in this book are increasingly important. The new examples and ideas about design and product development make it essential reading." (Patrick Whitney, dean, Institute of Design, and Steelcase/Robert C. Pew professor of design, Illinois Institute of Technology)

"Twenty-five years ago The Design of Everyday Things was instrumental in orienting my approach to design. With this latest revised and expanded edition, Don Norman has given me a host of new ideas to explore as well as reminding me of the fundamental principles of great and meaningful design. Part operating manual for designers and part manifesto on the power of designing for people, The Design of Everyday Things is even more relevant today than it was when first published." (Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO, and author of Change by Design)

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Bible for UX

This book should be the first book which every designer should read in the beginning of his career. This book will change your complete perspective towards experience design.

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  • CD3748
  • 21-05-19

The book works well in this format

I've just started it but it's an easy listen, and the book works well in this format. There are references to images/etc, but not too many and the concepts work as narration. Very useful to be able to multi-task and read it this way. A+

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  • Ivelisse Capellan
  • 07-01-19

Amazing book!

This book is an amazing guideline for every designer. Every concept is explained beautifully and also developed with daily common devices. I recommend this book 300% to not only product designers but product managers and engineers as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-19

Excellent

Amazing and thoughtful implications for psychology, design, engineering, customer service and business management. I was very pleased with this book!

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  • I. Martins
  • 09-07-19

Essencial book to understand design around us

One of the Best books that I ever "read", very easy to follow even if a bit technical sometimes. Excellent narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-06-19

I got inspired listening to this book!

Listening to this audiobook made me look into new perspectives! Though reading this book would be better because a lot of the illustrations are very helpful and it would be better if you see the illustrations and read the part that needs it would give you better understanding. Overall, this for me is one of the best design books I've listened.

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  • GW Miller II
  • 13-05-19

Excellent book for those who enjoy understanding

The author was very insightful and the reader is an exceptional orator. I recommend for a deeper understanding of the design behind the over looked.

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  • JKM
  • 09-06-19

Simple opinions on design, little value

I made it through 5 of 7 chapters and simply couldn't face another hour of droning opinions on design. The author, while likely a strong designer himself, failed to marshal facts to support his opinions, offering only anecdotes. All of his ideas seemed reasonable without any seeming fresh, innovative, or insightful. This was my least valuable read of the past year. The design of the book itself was boring, making me wonder why such a competent designer himself produced a design failure in this case.

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  • W.
  • 02-05-19

Audio quality issue

Great narrator giving life to book and very easy to understand but poor audio quality, voice sounds distorted.

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  • Jealous Andy
  • 19-08-19

The best book about design you need to read!

Very useful for all design disciplines.
Great resource to learn about the Double Diamond design process.

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  • Harry
  • 24-07-19

An essential audio book voiced wonderfully

It has been and will always be an essential book that I believe everyone even those who do not design, can easily benefit from. Very formal, well voiced to the point where I thought Don Norman was actually reading his own book and overall a wonderful learning experience.

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  • Mr D Alford
  • 04-01-19

Wow! I’ve been waiting...

... a long time for this book to be available from audible. And it didn’t disappoint. More books by Don Norman, please!

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  • Roberto Deoliveira
  • 30-04-19

Bought it twice!

This book is SO good. I believe it’s a must. I bought the kindle version and audio. Love it! Will read again and again.