• Derryl CarterDerryl Carter, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

    You're right, Don Norman's just some nobody who happened to invent user experience as a discipline, won numerous related awards, and wrote the definitive book on the topic. Unless his blog is pretty, I'm def not gonna listen to what he says.

    Edited to add: Didn't intend to be mean. But complaining with an apologetic preamble is still complaining. Maybe you should offer to re-design his site. Might open some great opportunities ;)

    12 points
    • Andrew McWattersAndrew McWatters, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

      There's a point where it stops being meaningful, and ends up being generic industry commentary that is widely accepted based on who said it.

      I think there's certainly something to be said about individuals who acquire awards and laudations to their name, but actions and portfolios of actual design work speak louder than multiple books full of nice award-winning words in my opinion.

      This is coming from the guy who wrote, "It's easier to criticize than to create." as a MOTD on DN. What has Don Norman actually designed? The guy is an engineer. And if that's his stance, where are his metrics? What are his measurements? Where is the engineering discipline of this highly regarded individual?

      This is an opinion piece.

      4 points
      • Aaron SagrayAaron Sagray, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

        Uh... he worked at Apple for several users, and was the first "User experience designer" there. Allow me to quote wikipedia:

        In 1993, Norman left UCSD to join Apple Computer, initially as an Apple Fellow as a User Experience Architect (the first use of the phrase "User Experience" in a job title), and then as the Vice President of the Advanced Technology Group.

        4 points
        • Andrew McWattersAndrew McWatters, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

          That's very nice, but if your life is about user experience, and you criticize something for design's sake and slap that opinion on something poorly designed, I can't take you seriously.

          Working for Apple, or having worked for Apple doesn't mean every opinion you have about design is absolute truth.

          1 point
      • Samantha S, over 4 years ago

        "This is coming from the guy who wrote, "It's easier to criticize than to create." as a MOTD on DN. What has Don Norman actually designed? The guy is an engineer. And if that's his stance, where are his metrics? What are his measurements? Where is the engineering discipline of this highly regarded individual?"

        Your ignorance is showing.

        0 points
    • Tudor MateiTudor Matei, over 4 years ago

      Tell that to Karl Marx.

      0 points