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The design of everyday things

Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which switch turns on which light or stove burner, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault lies in product designs that ignore the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. A bestseller in the United States, this classic work on the cognitive aspects of design contains examples of both good and bad design and simple rules that designers can use to improve the usability of objects as diverse as cars, computers, doors, and telephones.--From publisher description
Print Book, English, 2002, ©1988
1st Basic paperback View all formats and editions
Basic Books, New York, 2002, ©1988
xxi, 257 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
9780465067107, 0465067107
The psychopathology of everyday things
The psychology of everyday actions
Knowledge in the head and in the world
Knowing what to do
To err is human
The design challenge
User-centered design
Reprint. Originally published: The psychology of everyday things. New York : Basic Books, ©1988
"With a new introduction by the author"--Cover