The Design of Future Things

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Basic Books, May 12, 2009 - Psychology - 240 pages
Donald A. Norman, a popular design consultant to car manufacturers, computer companies, and other industrial and design outfits, has seen the future and is worried. In this long-awaited follow-up to The Design of Everyday Things, he points out what's going wrong with the wave of products just coming on the market and some that are on drawing boards everywhere-from "smart" cars and homes that seek to anticipate a user's every need, to the latest automatic navigational systems. Norman builds on this critique to offer a consumer-oriented theory of natural human-machine interaction that can be put into practice by the engineers and industrial designers of tomorrow's thinking machines. This is a consumer-oriented look at the perils and promise of the smart objects of the future, and a cautionary tale for designers of these objects-many of which are already in use or development.
 

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Contents

Cautious Cars and Cantankerous Kitchens How Machines Take Control
1
The Psychology of People Machines
35
Natural Interaction
57
Servants of Our Machines
91
The Role of Automation
117
Communicating with Our Machines
135
The Future of Everyday Things
155
The Point of View Machines
177
Summary of the Design Rules
193
Recommended Readings
195
Acknowledgments
205
Notes
211
References
217
Index
225
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Don Norman is a co-founder of the Nielsen Norman Group, and holds graduate degrees in both engineering and psychology. His many books include Emotional Design, The Design of Future Things, and Living with Complexity. He lives in Silicon Valley, California.

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