I wrote the book on user-friendly design. What I see today horrifies me
The world is designed against the elderly, writes Don Norman, 83-year-old author of the industry bible Design of Everyday Things and a former Apple VP.
In 2017, video games became a hundred billion dollar market. After acquiring Twitch for a billion dollars back in 2014, (now with more than 100 million users), Amazon recently bought yet another video gaming company, Curse.
Video games have become such a phenomenon that some are now considered to be sports, where esports competitions fill stadiums all around the world. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) reported that, as of last year, 65% of US households are home to at least one person who plays more than three hours of video games every week.
I learned a lot about the relationship between designers and manufacturers before I even entered the field. My father worked as an architect, and I was often by his side as he went to visit job sites and collaborate with contractors. Even though my father designed the houses, he respected and invited questions, criticisms, and feedback from the builders he relied on. As a result, each finished project was more successful for everyone involved.
At the top level, product design works much the same way. The relationship between the designer and the manufacturer is paramount when you are producing a consumer product. And when we talk about designing and manufacturing truly innovative products where there’s no previous knowledge to fall back upon, that relationship becomes even more important.
“When it comes to Design Thinking in practice, there are three inextricable truths. It is better to do things by hand when you’re in discovery mode. Live interaction with stakeholders and users yields the best results. Designers are always seeking to add new tools to their toolkit, especially those that enhance communication and organization.
It is in the spirit of this final truth that we have collected the following list of online tools for inclusion in your toolkit. We have grouped each set by the process enabled or enhanced. There is a fourth axiom at work here too; free is the nicest price. We spent some time with each of these tools to verify usability, functionality and viable feature sets. If you encounter a link that is no longer working, please let us know.”