The most recent book I’ve read was Donald A. Norman’s Emotional Design: Why we love (or hate) everyday things. Norman provides “evidence that aesthetically pleasing objects enable you to work better”.
When designing products, utility, usability, function and form are important considerations. In addition, all products contain visceral, behavioral, and reflective design components. These influence the emotions we “feel” towards products — whether we end up “loving” or “hating” them.
Visceral design is the aesthetics or “how something looks”. Often this is what first attracts someone to a product. Reactions can range from “wow”, “cool”, “beautiful” or even a negative “ugly”.
Thursday, May 19th is the fifth anniversary of Global Accessibility Day where designers, developers, usability professionals are encouraged to take an hour to experience first-hand the impact of digital accessibility (or lack there of).
For my part, I decided to test a website that I currently manage using the WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool. I’ve been working to improve web accessibility on the Haring Center site using what I’ve learned by attending Web Accessibility workshops and talks.