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on March 17, 2015
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This is one of my favorite books of all time. I used to do web design, but more on the development side of things. This book helped me understand the user experience by using everyday objects as examples.
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on February 16, 2015
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Used it for class. Great condition.
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on February 15, 2015
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a classic, I highly recommend the book. Software, hardware, whatever. There is so much crap out there. Thanks for the book!
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on January 25, 2015
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This is great book. To be fair I only purchased it because I had to read it for class, but I decided to keep it because I found it to be an incredible eye opener as an Engineer. This book does a great job of doing exactly what it's titled "the design of everyday things." It has some really laughable moment when explaining that one of his friends gets stuck in a door way. If you're not an engineer but you're any type of designer, you'll get an appreciation for this a well.
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on January 5, 2015
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Great book; years after using it for school I still think back to some of the simple ideas and examples it gave.
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on December 29, 2014
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book required for college
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on November 30, 2014
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First thing to note- this is not a easy read. Norman is often long-winded and old fashioned, strangely obsessed with having "...hands full of packages."

However after reading this book, I have noticed that I'm far more aware of both well designed and poorly designed products, especially in the physical world. I find myself stopping to consider "why did this object not work the way I expected it to?" This seems to happen most often with doors and door handles, not sure if Norman's obsession with doors rubbed off on me, but this attention to the mundane functionality of every day life is a positive for someone that works in the product creation process.

Especially interesting were his ideas of user testing and iterative development- ideas that are at the core of modern Lean software development practices. I also found it fun to read his thoughts about the future, things that were amazing to him but are common place today- smartphones, calendars that sync across different devices, etc.

Overall I think this book is worth reading, but it is not a earth shattering text as some people make it out to be- especially if you've had any kind of exposure to modern software development practices and Lean thinking.
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on November 25, 2014
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required for graduate course...need I say more? I can't even remember the course...believe it was a "engineering requirements" course. Book seemed outdated. Not a must read.
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on October 30, 2014
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This book opened my eyes to design, highly recommend.
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on October 20, 2014
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this is not a sit down and read it book, but one you can flip through to some extent.
I didn't enjoy it - too verbose for me
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