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Aesthetics in User Interface Design:: The Influence on Users' Preference, Decoding and Learning
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Technology and Aesthetics.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The question of the relationship between, and the importance of usability and aesthetics, in the field of user interface design, has been debated back and forth. It has also been looked at from different perspectives since Raskin (1994) wrote his article on intuitive design. Several experiments have also been conducted over the last twenty years to find out exactly how much each factor matter, what the ultimate user preference is, and if it can be stereotyped. The more complex part of the discussion, however, seems to be the definitions: exactly what is aesthetics, what is usability and how do they affect each other? To find out, I explored the context of these factors from multiple perspectives, to draw the larger conclusions about what affects what. How accurate is the concept of halo when it comes to interface design; can a less aesthetic interface discourage users from exploring its content? Moreover, can a highly usable interface convince its users that the web page is also aesthetically pleasing? In this paper I will explain the ideas of aesthetic and intuitive design based on two fields of study; human computer interaction design and interaction design. That is in the pursuance of understanding user preference and the design decisions behind one of the most popular interfaces on the internet today.

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2015. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Interaction Design, User preference, Digital Aesthetics, Facebook, Interface Analysis, User Interface Design, Human computer interaction
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Design Human Computer Interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-10455OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-10455DiVA: diva2:842669
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DK1410 Bachelor Thesis in Digital Culture and Communication
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DKGDK Digital Culture and Communication
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Available from: 2015-08-19 Created: 2015-07-21 Last updated: 2015-08-19Bibliographically approved

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