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The Design of Everyday Things

The Design of Everyday Things

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  • Author: Don Norman
  • Full Title: The Design of Everyday Things
  • Category: #books

Highlights

  • A good conceptual model can make the difference between successful and erroneous operation of the many devices in our lives. (Location 142)
  • Remote control of the home is a popular fantasy among technologists. Why not, they muse, call your home while you are driving and turn on the heat or air conditioner, start filling the bathtub, or make a pot of coffee? Some companies offer products that make it possible to do these things. Why do we need them? Think of how much difficulty the average automobile radio presents to the driver. Now imagine trying to control the various appliances in the home while driving. Ah, the wonders yet before us. I shudder in apprehension. (Location 178)
  • When used in this sense, the term affordance refers to the perceived and actual properties of the thing, primarily those fundamental properties that determine just how the thing could possibly be used (see figures 1.5 and 1.6). (Location 448)

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The Design of Everyday Things

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Metadata

  • Author: Don Norman
  • Full Title: The Design of Everyday Things
  • Category: #books

Highlights

  • A good conceptual model can make the difference between successful and erroneous operation of the many devices in our lives. (Location 142)
  • Remote control of the home is a popular fantasy among technologists. Why not, they muse, call your home while you are driving and turn on the heat or air conditioner, start filling the bathtub, or make a pot of coffee? Some companies offer products that make it possible to do these things. Why do we need them? Think of how much difficulty the average automobile radio presents to the driver. Now imagine trying to control the various appliances in the home while driving. Ah, the wonders yet before us. I shudder in apprehension. (Location 178)
  • When used in this sense, the term affordance refers to the perceived and actual properties of the thing, primarily those fundamental properties that determine just how the thing could possibly be used (see figures 1.5 and 1.6). (Location 448)