I’m excited to announce that Calm Technology is part of O’Reilly’s Early Release program! What does this mean? It means that you can download the book right now without waiting for the final copy to be published. And when the final copy does come out, you’ll get that version too!
How can we use technology as tools instead of letting our technology use us? This practical book explores the concept of calm technology, a method for smoothly capturing the user’s attention only when necessary, while calmly remaining in the user’s periphery most of the time. You’ll learn how to design products that work well, launch well, are easy to support, easy to use, and don’t get in the way of a user’s life.
Old systems and bad interfaces will plague us if we don’t learn how to design for the long term. By writing code that’s small instead of large, and making simple systems rather than complex ones, we can begin to design technology that gets out of our way.
Discover principles that follow the human lifestyle and environment in mind, allowing technology to amplify humanness instead of taking it away
Delve into types of alerts, product launch, “calming” technology, and tech that smoothly enters people’s lives
Learn from a trained anthropologist and a technology hobbyist who sits on the edge between technology and how people use it
This book is ideal for anyone who actively builds or makes decisions about technology, including user experience designers, product designers, managers, creative directors, and developers.
One year ago today I received the first physical copies of An Illustrated Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology! Glad to have most of them sent to everyone who preordered them. A few people changed addresses along the way.
The book is now on Kindle, Amazon.com and in PDF format! Anth.ro/store Thanks to everyone who made it happen!
The Podcast was recorded at the Green Dragon, a Portland bar that generously hosts a great number of Tech Events, including a weekly Beer and Blog that allows much of the community to get together and share Tech.
Lacey arrived in Portland, Oregon very late last evening after riding with us on the GnomedexIterasi bus from Seattle, Washington.