What do doors have to do with UX?

February 28, 2016

Answer: lots.


A really nice (and short) video about the history of human-centred design as told by founding father Don Norman. As explained in the video, it was the bad door, light switch and faucet designs he encountered in England that led Norman to write his seminal book ‘The Design of Everyday Things’.

I guess I owe these rubbish doors/switches/taps quite a bit of thanks, because it was Norman’s book that first got me interested in the idea of user-centred design and opened up another way of thinking.

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February 28, 2016 @ 6:03 pm

So awesome to see two of my heroes come together – Don Norman & Roman Mars!

Like you, I owe a hell of a lot to Norman and that book. It was The Design of Everyday Things (along with Steve Krug’s Don’t Make Me Think) that first switched me on to usability and human-centred design.

They literally changed the way I see the world. I used to blame myself when I couldn’t work out how to use something. Now I blame the designer (unless I am actually just being dumb!) A true awakening.


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