Thoughts 1: Is it all about Usability?

I have read much research on the importance of interface usability and its ability to help users achieve their goals. But what about aesthetics, does it matter? Based on the papers that I’ve read, it seem that researchers do not think that aesthetics play much of a role in usability. Is that the case? Aren’t we humans naturally drawn to things which appeal to our low level visual system? Are users just interested in how easy the product can help them meet or their goals and unconcerned about how pretty it looks? I can only wonder?

Advertisements

One response to “Thoughts 1: Is it all about Usability?

  1. Aesthetics do matter, and there are papers out there to assess their role in emotional design. However, aesthetics are discussed in other classes, not necessarily as part of usability engineering (it’s kinda hard to engineer aesthetics…) 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s