Norman Doors and eLearning

A week ago my manager told me about a guy named Don Norman who wrote ‘The Design of Everyday Things’ which talks about Norman Doors…

If you didn’t know already, Norman Doors are those irritating doors which have handles on both sides, so you don’t know whether you are needing to push or pull said door. But these doors normally have a sign that would say to push or pull, which may seem helpful to the designer, however when I use these doors I’d say 50% of the time I would still get it wrong. So Don Norman says that if the door had been designed with users in mind you wouldn’t even need a sign to tell the user what to do. For a door you need to push, have a panel with no handle, and for a door you need to pull, have a handle on that side.

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