Aesthetics, Part 1

I was reading an article titled “In Defense of Eye Candy” on A List Apart that argues the importance of understanding the impact of aesthetics on a project’s success, and I wanted to piggy back on that article to make a few additional points. In this article, the author argues that aesthetics and usability concerns be given equal weight when designing a web site because form and function should be one. As a designer, I agree with this concept. As a human, I completely agree with this.

This idea holds true almost universally in the natural, experiential, world. Consider a tree and a rebreather. They both scrub carbon dioxide and provide oxygen rich environments. However, a tree affects far more people than a rebreather. A tree also provides shade, prevents erosion, aids in the moisture cycle, provides shelter for animals, etc. A tree is also aesthetically appealing. It …

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The Grunge Age of Interactive

Let’s face it. The web is relatively mundane…

There was a time when the web was mysterious and new, almost dangerous. It was the ’90′s. The web was going to change the world, and the possibilities were endless. The tools at the hands of the creators were simple and crude, and the drive to create something much greater than the sum of its parts was a huge element of what drove us. It was like being in a rock band. You get some guitars, amps and drums in a garage, and you set out to make something epic. On the web, you take simple code and compressed images, and you make something elegant and interactive.

Also much like music, it quickly became all about the money, and both the newness and mysteriousness of the web wore off. The quality of the web mattered much less than its profitability, and the …

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