The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other assistance and unreasonable demands on memorization. The book presents examples aplenty--among them, the VCR, computer, and office telephone, all models of how not to design for people.
But good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time. But the designer must care.
The author is a world-famous psychologist and pioneer in the application of cognitive science. His aim is to raise the consciousness of both consumers and designers to the delights of products that are easy to use and understand.
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- ISBN-13: 9780465067091
- ISBN-10: 0465067093
- Publisher: Basic Books
- Publish Date: June 1988
- Page Count: 272
- Dimensions: 6.2 x 9.1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds