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  • The Design of Everyday Things

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Donald A. Norman
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (122)

    First, businesses discovered quality as a key competitive edge; next came science. Now, Donald A. Norman, former Director of the Institute for Cognitive Science at the University of California, reveals how smart design is the new frontier. The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how - and why - some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.

    Sean says: "Badly needs updating"
    "Quaint"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Despite having a nominal publishing date of 2002, the examples in the book were never updated from the late 1980's. This makes the book incredibly old fashioned and quaint to listen to. Although the ideas contained are timeless, the examples (such as PBX phones and floppy disks) are so out of date they obscure the arguments of the book.


    What was most disappointing about Donald A. Norman’s story?

    The examples. They are out of date and truly irrelevant in this age.


    What three words best describe Peter Berkrot’s performance?

    strident, monotonous, and nasal


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Design of Everyday Things?

    I would update the examples to ones that are relevant today. There are adults out there now who have never seen the kind of phone systems he describes, the typewriters, or the floppy disk. Every single example from this book is from the late 1980's, and was not updated during the 2002 publication. MAJOR editing mistake.


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