Affordance, conventions, and design

  title={Affordance, conventions, and design},
  author={Donald A. Norman},
  • D. Norman
  • Published 1 May 1999
  • Education
  • Interactions
I was quietly lurking in the background of a CHI-Web discussion, when I lost all reason: I just couldn't take it anymore. " I put an affordance there, " a participant would say, " I wonder if the object affords clicking … " Affordances this, affordances that. And no data, just opinion. Yikes! What had I unleashed upon the world? " No! " I screamed, and out came this article. I don't know if it changed anyone's minds, but it brought the CHI-Web discussion to a halt (not what good list managers… 

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