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Usability vs. beauty, pleasure, and fun

First Donald Norman started talking about beauty and pleasure in design. Now Jakob Nielsen starts talking about fun. What on earth is happening to the two good old usability gurus?

For years a war has been going on between usability engineers and graphic designers, which no one has described better than Curt Cloninger: "In the usability corner, wearing the blue and purple underlined trunks, weighing in at just under 25K per gig... J-a-a-a-a-a-kob Nie-e-e-e-e-lsen." "And in the graphic design corner, wearing the greyscale trunks, weighing in at 500K per site (that's dollars, not bytes)... Kioken(oken-oken-oken)."

So is this war over? I don't think so…

Links:

  • Jakob Nielsen's article User Empowerment and the Fun Factor
  • An interview with Don Norman about the value of beauty, fun and pleasure in design
  • Curt Cloninger's article Usability Experts are from Mars, Graphic Designers are from Venus

Henrik Olsen - July 08, 2002

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