Living with Complexity Why we don t really want simplicity and how we can learn to live with complexity If only today s technology were simpler It s the universal lament but it s wrong In this provocative and informative

  • Title: Living with Complexity
  • Author: Donald A. Norman
  • ISBN: 9780262014861
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Why we don t really want simplicity, and how we can learn to live with complexity.If only today s technology were simpler It s the universal lament, but it s wrong In this provocative and informative book, Don Norman writes that the complexity of our technology must mirror the complexity and richness of our lives It s not complexity that s the problem, it s bad design.Why we don t really want simplicity, and how we can learn to live with complexity.If only today s technology were simpler It s the universal lament, but it s wrong In this provocative and informative book, Don Norman writes that the complexity of our technology must mirror the complexity and richness of our lives It s not complexity that s the problem, it s bad design Bad design complicates things unnecessarily and confuses us Good design can tame complexity.Norman gives us a crash course in the virtues of complexity Designers have to produce things that tame complexity But we too have to do our part we have to take the time to learn the structure and practice the skills This is how we mastered reading and writing, driving a car, and playing sports, and this is how we can master our complex tools.Complexity is good Simplicity is misleading The good life is complex, rich, and rewarding but only if it is understandable, sensible, and meaningful.

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    1. I was hoping for something a little more about complex systems, in terms of how design and human factors interact. While there were a few examples in this vein, the book as a whole felt like a rewrite of The Design of Everyday Things.I do love Norman's writing style though; it's very pared back and sparse. There are just enough words to communicate what he wants to say, and nothing extra. There was one awesome tiny thing that I loved: I had no clue there were places in the world where a salt sha [...]

    2. Living with Complexity is an unfocused, incoherent, and redundant mess. The thesis statement presented by Bud Peterson in the foreword - what he thinks this book is about - is only applicable to the first few chapters and the last two. The rest seem like an old crank's ramshackle observations borne from a designer's penchant for exacting fussiness. Occasionally the examples are spot-on: unsightly wires connecting to a poorly-located outlet in the center of a conference room, and other times they [...]

    3. "Alfred North Whitehead: 'The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, Seek simplicity and distrust it.'""But when that complexity is random and arbitrary, then we have reason to be annoyed." ".exity by itself is neither good nor bad: it is confusion that is bad."".s we understand are no longer complicated, no longer confusing.""Difficulties arise when there are conflicts between the principles, demands, and operation of technology with the tasks that we are accustomed t [...]

    4. 처음 몇 장을 읽을 때는 '과학적 관리' 과목의 대중화 version일거라고 생각했으나, 실제로는 그 보다 훨씬 많은 의미와 철학들을 담고 있다는 사실을 알게 되었다. '복잡함을 다스리는 기술'에 대해 여러모로 생각해볼 수 있게 되어서 아주 마음에 들었던 책. (무엇보다 현재 진행하고 있는 TV 프로젝트에 많은 영감이!) Excerpts* 단순함과 복잡함의 차이는 구조에 있다.* 애플의 부사 [...]

    5. I recall reading Norman's The Psychology of Everyday Things back in the late 1980s and enjoying it immensely. That was his first book and it was groundbreaking. I haven't read any of the books he's published since--and he's written a lot. This was this month's selection for my UX Book Club in NYC and I found it much lighter than the other books we've read--and I had the distinct sense that much of the material was recycled. It didn't strike me as a stunning revelation that the world is complex, [...]

    6. I liked Norman's "Life of Everyday Things" better, maybe only because it was the first time I was thinking about how design affects our life. Norman goes further here, looking at how to make your wait in a line better or why hospital care is now focused on how you appear through your computerized records rather than your human-ness. He points out that things are more complex now, than they were even a few years ago, but it seems a bit too random with few solutions. I don't feel any better about [...]

    7. بلغة سهلة يشرح هذا الكتاب ببساطة كيف تتعقد الأمور البسيطة.لا أرى الكتاب يصلح للتسلية برغم المعلومات المثيرة التي فيه. ولا يصلح بأن يقرأ بنصف عين, لأنه يحتاج بعض التركيز. أستفادتي منه كبيرة منها أن النظام لا يعني الترتيب. والفرق بين الـ complex والـ complicated. فالأولى هي حالة الشيء ول [...]

    8. A philosophical discussion of why what might seem to simplify, actually complicates. The hole codes on salt and pepper shakers being up to the discretion and custom of those who use them; how Disney Land purposely keeps people waiting as long as they can at rides, so they don't have to build more, and instead offers street entertainment so people don't think too much about waiting A very pared-down accessible book, that is interesting enough.

    9. This book reminds me of one of the professor from my grad school. I still remember his pathetic look when I mentioned the same opinion the author want to talk about nature of design (it was almost 6 years ago now). He is one of well known groupie of the author of this book in Korea and now I am truly curious what he will think after reading this.

    10. Was drawn in by the cover design and concept. The entire book is printed in sans serif type. Is that supposed to be indicative of less complexity?Read on a design site that when something is printed in a font that's hard to read, greater understanding is the result due to forcing the reader to decipher the content.It's also annoying.

    11. You could very easily read this instead of DOET/POET, or if you've read his early work then there's not much new in here. The concept of complex vs complicated could be summed up in just one chapter, not spread over a whole book. Nonetheless, it's still a book you should read.

    12. If Donald Norman had written nothing else prior to this book I would probably rate it higher. But by comparison to his earlier books, this one seems disjointed, discursive, and dull. If you're interested in design, I would recommend his 'Design of Everyday Things' and 'Design of Future Things'.

    13. This book was a bit frustrating as it mostly state the obvious. There is nothing new or groundbreaking there. Still don't know if the book is about design, complexity, or both(?). Regardless, it is shallow in both.

    14. I decided to blog a review of this one after all. Good stuff.jackvinson/archives/2Reading for the Boston area UX Book Club meeting on 6 Jan 2011. meetup/uxboston/calend

    15. Not bad. Had some good parts and some bad parts. It was interesting when the author was discussing queueing theory and it's relationship to design.

    16. Having never read a book on design before, this was an interesting-enough foray into the field. Norman discusses how our world is inherently complex, so the design of objects and technology has to take that into account while still providing coherent conceptual models of how a thing should be used. I thought certain ideas were more intriguing than others: the chapter on designing waits was probably the most enlightening, with some of the material about social signifiers and the design of systems [...]

    17. I'm reading Don Norman's Living with Complexity for a UX Book Club London meetup, but I am also trying to prepare for the Service Design short course at Central St Martins that I will be taking next month, so I'm going to focus on his comments on Service Design - especially since this is the first Don Norman book I've read where he discusses this topic.In many ways the book is something old, something new. The old bit - and none the less true for it - is his job description for designers:The des [...]

    18. Don Norman, father of modern common-sense interaction design. He is worth listening to as a person in general, but his seminal work is still The Design of Everyday Things and this is not that book.This book's most interesting point comes early on: complexity and usability are not mutually opposed. The rest of the book consists of Don Norman picking a few design issues that seem to have bothered him recently and making sure you know that they could be improved. He spends four consecutive pages ta [...]

    19. I picked this book up because I thought this was more a discussion of complexity in our every day lives (professional and personal) and may be even ways to combat it. It isn't.Its a book about complexity of systems and services that we interact with in everyday life and what we can do as designers and users to ease it. The central thesis of the book is two-fold. The first one is that users we need to accept that as we want more our of our life complexity becomes inevitable and we need to put in [...]

    20. Este libro trata de la complejidad de los productos y servicios, explicando cómo abordar esta complejidad para que los productos y servicios no sean difíciles de usar. En él se explica que la complejidad es normal por naturaleza y que lo que tenemos que hacer es ser capaces de gestionar esa complejidad convirtiendo ese producto complejo en algo que se ajusta a las necesidades, es fácilmente entendible, usable y agradable.Personalmente me ha parecido que todos los conceptos que explicaba era [...]

    21. I loved everything about this book - the writing, the examples and the takeaways. Donald Norman does a great job with this book, illustrating exactly his primary message - making a complex topic user friendly and accessible. The photos bring his case studies to light and it made me think more deeply about signifiers and other ideas. In my daily work, the chapter on waiting was a gem and relevant to creating positive event experiences for attendees. Anyone wanting to think more about how to work [...]

    22. This book completes my Donald Norman trifecta. Reading all three (including The Design of Everyday Things and Emotional Design) at once provided an interesting perspective on the evolution of Norman's thinking. I actually think this was his best book, despite several reviews that suggested it was his worst. Here he steps back from individual objects and looks at whole systems (including service systems like hotels and airports). He also considers the nature of complexity itself, where it comes [...]

    23. This book requires a lot of thinking. Donald Norman makes some magnificent points as to the amount of complexity our world requires, and how we over exceed ourselves with our devices. I will just say I was only half in the mood to think so hard. Definitely not a summer read, but it would probably make an interesting read for someone who enjoys pondering the issues we have today and the origins of these problems. I'm sure there are a number of people who would enjoy this book. I'm just one for a [...]

    24. Listened to the entire audiobook on the plane. It was really good. I enjoyed reading the little stories throughout, and his critical parsing of the notions of complexity in design, usability, social organization, productivity, systems, etc, was really insightful and brought to light a lot of things that I hadn't considered, or had thought of only in very stereotyped terms. I almost teared up at the plane scene at the end, it was quite moving, perhaps because I was on a plane myself. I'd like to [...]

    25. Some of what Prof. Norman has to say in this book is obvious, but some of it I wish someone had told me when I was in engineering school. A good book for anyone new to design- I am now going to search out The Design of Everyday Things, as looking over reviews it looks like most reviewers feel that is the better book.

    26. It's hard not to love Donald Norman's work. This is largely an extension of the ideas from The Psychology Of Everyday Things, focused on how designers do and should deal with complicated things. I didn't find nearly the number of "Aha!" moments in this book as I did in TPOET, but I'm a better designer for having read it.

    27. The summary of the book mentions design, which is why I originally picked it up, hoping it'd give me insights into my field of graphic design. Turns out, this book applies more to complexity in product, environmental, and industrial design. Still an interesting read though with some good points I can apply to my field.

    28. Some very good points about visual trails, affordance, wait times, etc. Some parts are a bit repetitive though -- like the part about staircases, of postit marks for reminders (open/close), appears at multiple places. The last chapter is a keeper -- leaves the reader pondering whether to strive for simplicity or make (necessary) complexity acceptable.

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