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About the Author
- Publication date : May 12, 2009
- File size : 1308 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 244 pages
- Publisher : Basic Books (May 12, 2009)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0074A6JUY
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #865,885 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I thought it was a fascinating book and I learned a lot about design from it. He goes over the problems that making things too smart can cause and notes that when designing new devices the human interaction is the critical problem. A lot of future design will have to take into account how best to control human reactions in addition to providing the best features. Our devices are sometimes too smart (but not smart enough) and need to be designed to help humans in different ways than is first obvious.
A fascinating description of what can go wrong and how to design around it using a system view.
(1) Design of Everyday Things
(2) Emotional Design
(distant 3rd) Design of Future Things
It wasn't "bad" it simply wasn't as interesting as the others. Whereas at the end of (1) and (2) I felt enlightened - that Norman was breaking new ground. At the end of Future Things I felt he had spent much of the time repeating himself, that the book could have been half the length.
Good book, but I would skip.
Many of the conclusions in this book can be reached much sooner on the reader's own without the lengthy writer's passages that seem to only extend the book's length rather than open the reader's mind. Yes, machines now only signal us, not communicate with us, when the wash's cycle has ended or the microwave's 2 minutes are up, but then, what else do we need? I don't want my vacuum reminding me it's vacuuming or when it's finished. That's why it's automatic.
I am giving this book only 3 stars because I felt it became repetitive after a while, having covered the points adequately in the first half of the book. Not up to the quality I expect of Norman.
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Ob man Usability-Profi ist oder das Thema nur spannend findet, wie die Kommunikation zwischen Mensch und Maschine funktioniert (oder eben nicht) – jeder wird dieses Buch mit Freue lesen. Bahnbrechende Erkenntnisse darf man sich nicht erwarten, aber einige schöne Geschichten und etliche Denkanstöße.