[Possible Spam] Represented (designer\'s) Model

19 Mar 2009 - 1:18am
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Alan Cooper
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Dave,

Here are some excellent books that I recommend. They don't address
mental models directly, but then what would be the fun of that? They all
shed light on the inescapable fact that "mental models" are things
inside the head of human beings.

Notes on the Synthesis of Form, by Christopher Alexander.
http://www.amazon.com/Notes-Synthesis-Form-Harvard-Paperbacks/dp/0674627
512/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237442928&sr=8-1

Systemantics, by John Gall
http://www.amazon.com/Systemantics-Underground-Text-Systems-Lore/dp/0961
825103/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237443111&sr=1-3

Predictably Irrational, by Dan Ariely
http://www.amazon.com/Predictably-Irrational-Hidden-Forces-Decisions/dp/
006135323X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237443223&sr=1-1

The Black Swan, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
http://www.amazon.com/Black-Swan-Impact-Highly-Improbable/dp/1400063515/
ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237443276&sr=1-1

Good luck,
Alan

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Hi,

I am currently engaged in doctorate research enquiring deeper into
what Alan Cooper et al describe as 'represented models', and what
Don Norman describes as a 'designer's model' for a PhD practical
project.

Could the community suggest some seminal books, journal articles and
papers I should read? I have read 'About Face 3' and 'Design of
Everyday Things'.

Keywords I suggest would be: represented models, designer's models,
design models, conceptual models, user's mental models, user's
models, system images.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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19 Mar 2009 - 4:58am
Roundand
2009

2009/3/19 Alan Cooper <Alan at cooper.com>

> Dave,
>
> Here are some excellent books that I recommend. They don't address
> mental models directly, but then what would be the fun of that? They all
> shed light on the inescapable fact that "mental models" are things
> inside the head of human beings.
>

If you don't mind a philosophical approach, and a book that appears to be
from outside the IxD canon, I would personally recommend "Metaphors we live
by" by Johnson and Lakoff (
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Metaphors-We-Live-G-Lakoff/dp/0226468011,
http://www.amazon.com/Metaphors-We-Live-G-Lakoff/dp/0226468011) - it very
much opened my eyes to the ways in which we use metaphor, not just as a way
of enrichening our words (or, in IxD, structuring user interfaces) but in
fact as "conceptual metaphors". I don't think they use the phrase "mental
models", but this is what they describe. My favourite bit? From the "25
years on" afterword, pointing out that even as logical a domain as
mathematics is riddled with metaphor - from the "number line" on...

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