Critical Reading and Writing Q1

October 30, 2010 at 5:05 am (Learning portfolio 1) (, , )

Aesthetic experience is the meaning we attach to the product, feelings and emotions produced to a product (Sutcliffe, 2009). Aesthetic design is essential when constructing a product because when a design is aesthetically pleasing it means it its nice or easy to look at. “Aesthetic plays a role in a system’s overall attractiveness, as a significant incentive for initial use” (Cawthon & Moere 2007). So, not only are aesthetic designs easier to look at they are easier to use and they have a higher probability of being used (Lidwell, Jolden & Butler, 2003). “More specifically, aesthetic judgment has shown to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of task performance reflected by a reduced completion time and error rate” (Cawthon & Moere, 2007). This means that people would prefer to use a product that is presented well, is universal and can be worked out how to be used easily. For example, a web site “If they find the site unusable or unappealing they may immediately search for another site that satisfies their needs more completely” (Badre, 2002). All of these things mentioned above cause Aesthetic usability to have a large impact on acceptance, use and performance of design (Lidwell, Jolden & Butler, 2003).  Aesthetic Usability also “evoke feelings of affection, loyalty and paitience” (Lidwell, Jolden & Butler, 2003) this means that people can get attached to their belongings because they love them so much, people with iPods, phones or computors. There are people who name their car and this comes about because of a positive attitude that is fostered by the design elements of that car (Lidwell, Jolden &Butler, 2003). Overall Aesthetic-usability effect has a positive effect on the way we think about and use products. They can increase efficiently because the product is easier to use and begins to foster positive relations between the product and the owner of the product which allows use to be more tolerant and encourages more creative thinking.

Sutcliffe, A. (2009). Designing for User Engagement: Aesthetic and Attractive User Interfaces Morgan & Claypool Publishers.

Badre, A. (2002). Shaping web usability: interaction design in context. Addison Weasly.

Cawthon, N & Moere, A. (2007). The Effect of Aesthetic on the Usability of Data Visualization. Sydney, The university of Sydney.

Lidwell, W., Holden, K., & Butler , J. (2003). Aesthetic-usability Effect. In Universal Principles of Design (pp. 18-19). Massachusetts: Rockport.



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