Tired of "beautiful" design?

9 years ago from Rich Lunghino, User Experience Designer at M&T Bank

  • Andy StapleAndy Staple, 9 years ago (edited 9 years ago )

    Hello fellow Buffalonian. As someone who lives near you, and uses it on my site I see no problem with it. Design has many parts, functionality, but also the ability to impact a person's senses. A functional design that has no emotion or aesthetics can be almost as bad as a hard-to-function site that looks pretty.

    Usability and Aesthetics are not mutually exclusive, and I'm not sure why you're assuming they are.

    16 points
    • David O'CallaghanDavid O'Callaghan, 9 years ago

      Couldn't agree more - I'm all for prioritising functionality but aesthetics are part of the user experience as a whole.

      5 points
    • Nando RossiNando Rossi, 9 years ago

      Definitely this. But I think he meant using the term as a descriptor, in which case I'm 100% onboard (tired of the word in this context).

      1 point
      • Rich Lunghino, 9 years ago

        My point exactly. Aesthetics is a large factor in an overall design, but it is not more important than its functionality. Using the word "beautiful," in most cases, seems to be emphasizing form over function and content.

        1 point