Norman Questions

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Questions for The Psychopathology of everyday things by Don Norman:

  1. What does the word "Affordance" mean? Can you think about a couple of example from your everyday life?
  2. What does the author mean when saying that features should be visible? Why are not all the feature in a typical cell-phone visible?
  3. What is a conceptual model? How does it influence how we interact with the world around us?
  4. Can you think of a good mapping examples in your everyday life. Can you think of a difficult to understand mapping?
  5. What are some examples of poorly designed feedback from your everyday life? How does causality influence feedback design?
  6. Pick one product you are using on an everyday basis and propose 5 ways to improve it for your use.