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The Design of Everyday Things - Course (udacity.com)
82 points by dmazin on Dec 18, 2013 | hide | past | favorite | 17 comments



Check out this post for previous discussion and hype about the course https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6101815


+1 for a short course. Much easier to fit in in a busy schedule.


And an at-your-own-pace course!


[aside]

What's going on with the Udacity website? I've tried disabling all script blockers and it still isn't working, half the links do nothing. Even getting what looks like AngularJS code showing on the page. e.g. {{hovered}}

[update]

Seems it doesn't play well with DoNotTrackMe addon.


There is another one, more thorough, on coursera: https://www.coursera.org/course/hci , also based partly on Norman's book. Is anyone able to compare them?


I'm taking notes for this course, if anyone wants to read them: https://gist.github.com/dideler/8018644

I covered lesson 1 tonight.


Nice - thanks for sharing!


I've started reading the book. The self-promotion and anectotal evidence of bad design made it impossible for me to finish it. Nonetheless I'm looking forward to the course.


I read the book about fifteen years ago, during my Code Complete bibliography binge. I remember it every time I start the wrong burner on a stove.

After the Google-sponsored web game class, I'm a bit skeptical of Udacity's commercial tie-in classes. Loved the AI class that started it all, and really enjoyed Peter Norvig's Design of a Computer Program class, but the Google class? Not so much.

Not sure what to make of this class being only two weeks. I guess it's a relatively small investment, even if it ends up being an infomercial.


Seems like a really short course. Anyone know why?

(Their email says 8 hours; the website says 16)


Just saw Don Norman speak and he said most MOOC courses are way too long and lose most of their students. Seemed like a reasonable design critique.


Mea culpa for the "ATM machine" error with "MOOC courses."


I wonder about the design choice of commencing a week before Christmas.


Not a terrible choice. Most people are free from school and work around this time. With the course being short, it should be doable during the holiday break.


Don Norman looks impressively uncomfortable in his photo.


You are mistaken. His body language seems more like a guru/teacher appeal.


I'm sure you are right and I didn't mean any disrespect. Just a casual observation.




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