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The Invisible Computer: Why Good Products…

The Invisible Computer: Why Good Products Can Fail, the Personal Computer…

by Donald A. Norman

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  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
Per quanto mi riguarda, un libro chiave per capire la necessità di rendere sempre meno "metaforiche" le interfacce grafiche dove oggi sguazzano grafici e programmatori troppo creativi e poco designer. ( )
  lauraparigi | Oct 15, 2014 |
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  BakuDreamer | Sep 7, 2013 |
Ever wanted to know why the iPods and cellphones are so successful, and why you hate your computer so much? This book has the answer. By advocating for a greater number of simpler devices in our lives, Norman bucks a trend, but he also provides a thought provoking read about where technology should go to make our lives better rather than worse. ( )
  danamckay | Oct 2, 2007 |
I haven't finished this book, a little bit hard to read.. ( )
  echen888 | Sep 19, 2007 |
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Currently, computer users must navigate a sea of guidebooks, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and wizards to perform a task such as searching the Web or creating a spreadsheet. While Donald Norman acknowledges that the personal computer allows for "flexibility and power," he also makes its limitations perfectly clear. "The personal computer is perhaps the most frustrating technology ever," he writes. "It should be quiet, invisible, unobtrusive." His vision is that of the "information appliance," digital tools created to answer our specific needs, yet interconnected to allow communication between devices.

His solution? "Design the tool to fit so well that the tool becomes a part of the task." He proposes using the PC as the infrastructure for devices hidden in walls, in car dashboards, and held in the palm of the hand. A word of caution: some of Norman's zealotry leads to a certain creepiness (global positioning body implants) and goofiness (electric-power-generating plants in shoes). His message, though, is reasonably situated in the concept that the tools should bend to fit us and our goals: we sit down to write, not to word process; to balance bank accounts, not to fill in cells on a spreadsheet. In evenly measuring out the future of humanity's technological needs--and the limitations of the PC's current incarnation--Norman presents a formidable argument for a renaissance of the information appliance. --Jennifer Buckendorff

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:53 -0400)

In this book, Norman shows why the computer is so difficult to use and why this complexity is fundamental to its nature. The only answer, says Norman, is to start over again, to develop information appliances that fit people's needs and lives. To do this companies must change the way they develop products. They need to start with an understanding of people: user needs first, technology last - the opposite of how things are done now. Companies need a human-centered development process, even if it means reorganizing the entire company. This book shows why and how.… (more)

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