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31 May 2012

Design Readings

Clark @ 8:05 AM

Another book on design crossed my radar when I was at a retreat and in the stack of one of the other guests was Julie Dirksen’s book Design for How People Learn and Susan Weinschenk’s 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People. This book provides a nice complement to Julie’s, focusing on straight facts about how we process the world.

Dr. Weinschenk’s book systematically goes through categories of important design considerations:

  • How People See
  • How People Read
  • How People Remember
  • How People Think
  • How People Focus Their Attention
  • What Motivates People
  • People Are Social Animals
  • How People Feel
  • People Make Mistakes
  • How People Decide

Under each category are important points, described, buttressed by research, and boiled down into useful guidelines. This includes much of the research I talk about when I discuss deeper Instructional Design, and more.  While it’s written for UI designers mostly, it’s extremely relevant to learning design as well.  And it’s easy reading and reference, illustrated and to-the-point.

There are some really definitive books that people who design for people need to have read or have to hand. This fits into the latter category as does Dirksen’s book, while Don Norman’s books, e.g. Design of Everyday Things fit into the former.  Must knows and must haves.


  1. Greetings, Clark! 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People is a FANTASTIC resource… I wrote about it in the final edition of Well Read last month: http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/910/well-read-100-things-every-designer-needs-to-know-about-people — and I’ve just started her new book, 100 Things Every Presenter Needs to Know About People, which holds just as much promise. Review soon!

    Comment by Judy Unrein — 31 May 2012 @ 9:42 PM

  2. Judy, sorry I missed the first review, will look forward to the new one!

    Comment by Clark — 1 June 2012 @ 8:21 AM

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  4. Clark, I finally got around to posting that review: http://onehundredfortywords.com/2012/09/01/100-things-every-presenter-needs-to-know-about-people-by-dr-susan-weinschenk/

    Comment by Judy Unrein — 5 September 2012 @ 12:57 PM

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