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Segal Seminar Series

Don Norman, Author: The Design of Everyday Things

October 23, 2014,4: 00 - 5: 00p.m.
Ford Engineering Design Center
Room 1.350 (ITW Classroom)
2133 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60208

Designing for People: A discussion with Don Norman


Don Norman, author of the seminal book The Design of Everyday Things, returns to Segal for a conversation about design thinking. Drawing from his experience in cognitive engineering and design, Mr. Norman will field questions from the audience, and together we will discuss what it means to design for people.


Don Norman was named by Business Week as "one of the world's most influential designers." His studies and books on design theory coupled with his extensive academic and industry experience help companies produce enjoyable and effective products and services. Norman brings a systems approach to design, arguing that great design must touch every aspect of a company.

He is well known for his books, including "The Design of Everyday Things" and "Emotional Design." "The well-rounded product," says Norman, "will enhance the heart as well as the mind, being a joy to behold as well as to use."

Don Norman is Director of the recently established Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego where he is also professor emeritus of both psychology and cognitive science. He is the co-founder of the Nielsen Norman Group, an IDEO fellow, a Trustee of IIT's Institute of Design in Chicago, professor emeritus at Northwestern University and honorary professor at Tongji University (Shanghai). He has been a Vice President of Apple and an executive at Hewlett Packard. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is one of the founders of CHI and received their Lifetime Achievement award. His book. "Living with Complexity," argues that the quest for simplicity is misguided because complexity is both good and necessary: our lives are complex, and our tools must match the tasks we do. What we need are things we can understand and master, for once mastered, even complex-looking things are simple. His latest book is an expanded and revised edition of Design of Everyday Things. He lives at

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