Select an “everyday thing” from your home, office, or everyday space that has interesting usability aspects. Select a physical object (not a web site!) that is not your phone/tablet (I’m interested in things that aren’t general-purpose computers). Examples include kitchen gadgets, smart home devices, office supplies/stationery, or remote controls. Given your everyday thing, identify and apply the seven design principles from Donald Norman’s Design of Everyday Things (chapter 2, pp. 72–73): (1) discoverability, (2) feedback, (3) conceptual model, (4) affordances, (5) signifiers, (6) mappings, and (7) constraints.
Describe the degree to which the object you have chosen illustrates Norman’s principles
. Include a key picture, drawing, or illustration of your object so that the reader can better understand the design you are discussing. Include an overall assessment of the everyday thing’s usability. Do you think it is a good example of usability? Is it a poor example?
Somewhere in between? State your opinion of the everyday thing’s usability, and support that opinion with an illustration of how well it fulfills Norman’s design principles. Evaluation Criteria Limit analysis to ~ 1,250 words (with 5% increase / decrease flexibility; i.e. between 1188 to 1313 words). The word limit does not include references and in-text citations. .
Refer to Norman’s Design of Everyday Things in a meaningful way. Address all 7 design principles appropriately in application to your everyday thing. Articulate an overall assessment of the object’s usability; be sure your analysis of Norman’s principles supports your assessment. Include a picture, drawing, or illustration of your everyday thing for reference. Remember to cite and caption it correctly! Use APA format for references used (at least five quality references must be used) and as the standard for all formatting decisions Note: Norman has updated his definition around affordance since his 1988 first edition, so please ensure you’re using a newer version for the definition of affordances