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User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work, and Play

User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work, and Play (Hardback)

By Kuang, Cliff
By Fabricant, Robert

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The first book to tell the story of the ways in which design is reshaping life in the twenty-first century User Friendly opens with two very different stories. In 1979, a series of failures leads to the catastrophic accident at Three Mile Island; one of the most critical of these... failures is a design flaw--a key indicator in the plant's control room is hidden from the operator's sight line. In 2018, a giant, futuristic Apple campus is built on the back of sales of the iPhone, the most user-friendly device ever made. The two stories are part of one larger narrative--the story of the surprisingly recent innovation of putting users at the center of design. In User Friendly, Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant unpack the ways in which the world has been--and continues to be--remade according to the principles of a relatively obscure discipline: user experience design. Its spread is intertwined with the sweeping changes of the last century, from women's rights to the Great Depression and World War II and the rise of the digital era. Its ideals have shaped the world around us, from washing machines to self-driving cars to social media. Combining the expertise and insight of a leading journalist and a pioneering designer, User Friendly provides a definitive, thoughtful, and practical perspective on a topic that has rapidly gone from arcane to urgent to inescapable. In User Friendly, Kuang and Fabricant tell the whole story for the first time--and you'll never interact with technology the same way again.
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ISBN 9780374279752
Released NZ 19 Nov 2019
Publisher MCD
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780374279752
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher MCD
Imprint MCD
Released 19 Nov 2019
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Kuang, Cliff
By Fabricant, Robert
Category Industrial / Commercial Art & Design
Product Design
Management & Management Techniques
Manufacturing Industries
Information Technology Industries
Technical Design
Human-Computer Interaction
Impact Of Computing & IT On Society
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 142mm
Height: 213mm
Spine: 33mm
Dewey Code 658.5
Weight 499g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Product design - Social aspects
NBS Text Industrial Studies: General
ONIX Text General/trade