About this Course

Everyone designs. Design occurs anytime you deliberately change an environment to make things better. When you decide what seat to take in an auditorium you’re designing your experience. When you rearrange the furniture in a room or draft an email, you’re designing.

This course provides a summary of key concepts from the first two chapters of The Design of Everyday Things (Revised and Expanded Edition, November 2013) by Don Norman. It’s intended to be enjoyable and informative for anyone curious about design: everyday people, technical people, designers, and non-designers alike.

Course Cost
Free
Timeline
Approx. 2 weeks
Skill Level
beginner
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Course Leads

Don Norman
Don Norman

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Kristian Simsarian
Kristian Simsarian

Instructor

Chelsey Glasson
Chelsey Glasson

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Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites for the course; it’s for anyone curious about basic design principles.

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Why Take This Course

This course will provide you with the knowledge needed to start recognizing the role of design in today’s world, and to start making better design decisions in your own life. In addition to learning basic design concepts such as affordances and signifiers, you will also gain practice in observing and applying design principles.

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