Thank you to everyone who came out after the July 4th weekend to talk about industry leader Don Norman’s, “Design of Everyday Things.” It was a great crowd, with 10 of use around a coffee table at Stauf’s in German Village. We our usual interaction and user experience designers, but welcomed some visiting industrial and product designers that were interested in the book as well.
Essentially the book is the “Don’t Make Me Think” of product design. The book’s goal is to help you design products that easily guide the user to do the right action on the right control at the right time.
Some simple design rules include:
- make things visible
- exploit natural relationships that couple function and control
- make intelligent use of constraints
Much of our discussion talked about how important it is to know your users. Besides personas, it’s important to see the users out in the world to understand how they would interact with your product. We talked specifically about accessibility, as one of our book club members talked about creating a wheelchair, which is used by people with many different issues.
Look out for our next book club in October. Check out our facebook group to vote on which book you’d like to talk about next.