Tag Archives: aesthetics

Mugge, R. and Schoormans, J.P.L. (2012) Product design and apparent usability. The influence of novelty in product appearance. Applied Ergonomics, Vol. 43, No. 6, pp. 1081-1088.

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DOI= 10.1016/j.apergo.2012.03.009. Mugge and Schoormans studied the effects of novelty on the perceived usability. They used washing machines and cameras as test material, and varied the appearance of the products in the tests. For the washing machines, they merely changed … Continue reading

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Tractinsky, N., Katz, A.S. and Ikar, D. (2000) What is beautiful is usable. Interacting with Computers, Vol. 13, No 2, pp. 127-145.

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DOI= 10.1016/S0953-5438(00)00031-X Several studies have been made to assess the relationship between the beauty or aesthetics of a product and its perceived usability. The studies of Tractinsky et al. were among the first ones, and they inspired many others to … Continue reading

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Hassenzahl, M. (2004) The Interplay of Beauty, Goodness, and Usability in Interactive Products. Human-Computer Interaction, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 319-349.

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DOI: 10.1207/s15327051hci1904_2 Hassenzahl made studies in which he analysed the interaction between pragmatic attributes (i.e., perceived usability), hedonic attributes, goodness (i.e., satisfaction) and beauty. He used MP3-player software with two ugly and two beautiful skins in his studies, and used … Continue reading

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Hartmann, J., Sutcliffe, A. and De Angeli, A. (2008) Towards a theory of user judgment of aesthetics and user interface quality. ACM Transactions on Computer‐Human Interaction, Vol. 15, No. 4, Article 15, pp. 15:1-15:30.

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DOI=10.1145/1460355.1460357 Also this article contributes to the discussions on the interplay between aesthetics and perceived usability. Hartmann et al. used two versions of two web sites in their studies. A metaphor-based design was more aesthetic and also more engaging than … Continue reading

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Tamar Ben-Bassat, Joachim Meyer and Noam Tractinsky (2006) Economic and subjectve measures of the perceived value of aesthetics and usability. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 210-234.

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DOI=10.1145/1165734.1165737 The article by Ben-Bassat et al. continues the series of articles on assessing the effect of aesthetics to the perceived usability of systems. In their experiments, Ben-Bassat et al. added to the experiment conditions two methods that bring monetary … Continue reading

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