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4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent contents, but...
The contents of this books are absolutely excellent as many previous readers said. It should be a must-read for every engineer and every engineering student as well as their bosses. But I found this book seems not organized well enough. The key principles should be highlighted more. The design of subtitles is confusing or at least helpless for readers to construct a...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Great content - let down by its own design!
It is true - you will never look at another door handle or tap(faucet)in the same light after reading this book.
The main problem I have is that this book itself is not particularly well designed!
For a start the title on the cover is in an odd font, in capitals, and with strange shadowing - together making in difficult to read. The text is poorly spaced on...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent contents, but..., 25. Februar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Design of Everyday Things (Taschenbuch)
The contents of this books are absolutely excellent as many previous readers said. It should be a must-read for every engineer and every engineering student as well as their bosses. But I found this book seems not organized well enough. The key principles should be highlighted more. The design of subtitles is confusing or at least helpless for readers to construct a clear structure of the contents. Sometimes in the later chapters, the concepts echo the key principles, but it's hard for a reader to remember those principles since it never helps readers to construct a clear concept structure. You have to either read this book fast and keep your brain clear, or take notes. You need to organize the book by yourself. This is why I only give a 4-stars.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Has drawbacks, but shines nonetheless, 21. Dezember 1999
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I agree with another reviewer who said that he found the material rather dated. It is.
However, I found some of that dated material fascinating -- the author's discussion of hypertext systems before the Web ever existed, the author's predictions/descriptions of handheld computers before the Palm organizers ever existed, etc.
Also, many of the "boring everyday examples" that another reviewer hated (such as doors, legos, stoves, faucets, and so on) were exactly what I needed. For example, a discussion of an ice cream menu helped me immensely with a corporate Web site I maintain. That's because the author went into detail about "decision trees" and how people handle lists of information.
In chapter 5, the discussion about the differences between "slips" and "mistakes" (which I thought were the same) will help me build better user interfaces, because I now know why people have problems with some interfaces, and how to resolve those problems.
I had also never heard of "forcing functions." I've used forcing functions, but I didn't know I was using them, and I didn't have the concepts clear enough to make them effective.
In summary, the book is dated but good. Couple this book with a book like "Information Architecture For The World Wide Web" or "Web Site Usability" and an average Web designer could become an excellent Web designer.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unterhaltsame Reise durch die Tücken des Alltags, 3. Oktober 2001
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Design of Everyday Things (Taschenbuch)
"The Design of Everyday Things" ist eine gelungene Mischung aus fundierter kognitiver Psychologie und praktischer Alltagserfahrung. Wie gut kann man Norman's humorvoll beschriebenen Frust nachvollziehen, wenn er die Tücken der Telefonanlage in seinem Büro beschreibt! Das Buch ist gespickt mit Anekdoten und Erlebnissen aus seiner Erfahrung, die er anschliessend theoretisch erläutert. Well done! Norman ist ein leidenschaftlicher Anwalt für das Pragmatische und Einfache. In Verbindung mit seinem Fachwissen eine erfrischende und lehrreiche Mischung, die sich auch in seinen anderen bekannten Werken niederschlägt (etwa: "Turn signals are the facial expression of automobiles","Things that make us smart","The invisible computer"). Für alle Usability-Freaks, Interface-Designer und HCI-Psychologen als Grundlagenwerk unbedingt zu empfehlen!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Great content - let down by its own design!, 15. August 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Design of Everyday Things (Taschenbuch)
It is true - you will never look at another door handle or tap(faucet)in the same light after reading this book.
The main problem I have is that this book itself is not particularly well designed!
For a start the title on the cover is in an odd font, in capitals, and with strange shadowing - together making in difficult to read. The text is poorly spaced on the pages. The sub-chapter headings are not indexed or numbered, but seem to follow an undefined order according to font size and placement on the page. Consequently it is difficult to follow the flow and structure of the ideas being presented. Large tracts of the text are in Italics, but it is not clear what this is supposed to signify. Footnotes on each page rather than at the end of the book would reduce the amount of flipping back and forth required of the reader.
The photographs seem to be taken by an amateur. They are rather murky and lack detail, and are not helped by the almost newsprint-quality paper used in the book. Sometimes (in the case of photograph 6.6) it is impossible to even make out the feature being discussed in the caption. In almost every case, lengthy captions are required to explain the accompanying diagram. Surely a principle of good design is that illustrations should need no explanation.
Don't get me wrong, this is an interesting and amusing book that is still worth reading... it is just a shame the author did not apply some of more of his design standards to the book itself.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen interessant und witzig, aber später auch anstrengend, 20. Oktober 2004
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Design of Everyday Things (Taschenbuch)
Die ersten 60 Seiten sind für jeden - wirklich jeden - äußerst witzig und lehrreich zu lesen. Norman stellt zahlreiche Beispiele vor, mit denen es Probleme gab, die es scheinbar nicht geben sollte.
Beispielsweise Türen und Telefonanlagen. Wer hat Probleme, durch eine Tür zu treten? Anscheinend sehr viel mehr Personen als man meint.
Nach diesem witzigen Einstieg, der aber auch nicht mehr allzu aktuell ist, geht es dann ins Eingemachte und wird entsprechend schwerfälliger. Er wird zwar noch immer regelmäßig für seine Ideen zitiert, ich würde aber dennoch andere und aktuellere Bücher empfehlen, will man Richtlinien der Benutzerschnittstellen-Entwicklung kennenlernen. Norman noch immer als das Maß der Dinge zu nehmen ist in etwa so, als würde ich behaupten, dass es außer dem "Wasserfall-Prinzip" nichts Gleichwertiges - oder gar Besseres - in der Softwareentwicklung gibt.
Also am besten sich die ersten Seiten durchlesen und amüsieren, dann andere Bücher zur Hand nehmen.
Übrigens hat D. Norman auch aktuellere Bücher verfasst...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen No software programer should write code before reading this!, 18. September 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Design of Everyday Things (Taschenbuch)
I care a lot about writing good software. Most software is bad - hard to use, confusing and downright irritating. This book takes a look at all sorts of real world objects and then takes the magic step of INCLUDING SOFTWARE! Yes, folks, software can be designed for obvious ease-of-use just like door handles and water fawcets! See the world through a user's eyes, forget that there is anything special about software products and suddenly the door is open to designing software that is a pleasure to use by the majority of users - users who are neither complete beginners or hardened experts - users like the rest of us. Why should a software product demand "computer literacy" of its users when a door handle or toaster needs no special knowledge? The author's advice to vote with your dollars is sound. Only ever buy things that were designed for usability and designed well. Send flowers to the rare individuals that get it right. Send stinking weeds to the makers of things that suck!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding Discussion of Design, 30. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Design of Everyday Things (Taschenbuch)
As a designer of e-commerce systems, I constantly face the challenge of designing easy-to-use solutions. Until I read this book, I never understood how people inherently understand how to use something. I will be able to instantly apply the knowledge in this book to my work. Reviewers who criticize the book for being to simplistic, dated, or not involving technology are missing the point. It doesn't matter whether a design is for something physical or a computer interface. The point is that a user should be able to figure out how to use a new item with minimal instruction. This book explains how people figure things out, and how to incorporate design elements to lead users in the right direction and to help them to recover from slips/mistakes. Excellent book.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen good rule of thumb information, 2. Februar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Design of Everyday Things (Taschenbuch)
While in University, studying Industrial Design, I would have rated it a 4 .... now I rate it a 2. It is still the rarest example of litterature on human perception affecting design. It still is unique, but you will not need to read it more than once, it is likely not to become a reference in your bookshelf BUT it is exellent for university/college level reading and book report to anyone studying psychology and or design. The book is full of anecdotes and lessons. It would be best if accompanied with a good textbook on perception. Reading some Papanek in conjunction with a perception textbook and this book will result in some well intentioned Design creativity I'm sure.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Universal Examples of Good (and Bad) Design, 6. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Design of Everyday Things (Taschenbuch)
When I started my first job out of college I was given a copy of this book by my boss. Since then, I've had a chance to do GUI design for the web as well as client/server applications. This book has proven invaluable. It completely changed the way I thought about design and usability. The examples given show how everything can (and should) be made more usable... every time I turn on the wrong burner on my stove, or pull on a door I should be pushing I curse the designer who should have read this. The examples may not be specifically about computer user interface design, but the lessons learned are directly applicable.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Strong point, but missing the main ingredient..., 18. September 2000
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This book is a very good waterdown introduction to the issues most designers have to deal with when developing a project. All types of designers should read this book. It is very helpful because even though Mr. Norman often focuses on industrial products, the information he discusses is pivotal to the success of any product during its design stage. This applies to web designers as much as to industrial designers. I was a little disappointed to read reviews about this book from web designers saying that it was not necessarily helpful because it did not talk directly about web design. The reader should be more open and apply the concepts to their specific design field.
Now, there is a major flaw that I need to note about the book. This one deals with the practical issues behind a design, such as the pressure to show a unique interpretation that might win a prize and at the same time be a best seller with consumers. But the book does not deal with the issues behind desire -- the fact that people often buy things which are not usefull to them but are bought to fulfill their undefined desires. The book does not address this aspect of consumerism at all. All designers need to understand desire as much as possible. Mr. Norman merely mentioned it in the last two paragraphs of his final chapter. And it was in the passing; something which could be missed by someone who is not familiar with that topic in relation to design.
Be aware of that. I do recommend this book to be read. But it would be a very different book if he explored the fact that designers are not only pushed to develop something useful for the consumer, but are also pushed to create myth and desire which will keep the consumer coming back for more things which are not necessary to everyday life.
be aware of this, big, big, big boooooo boooo by Mr. Norman.
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