Learning Portfolio 1

Question 1 – Summary of Aesthetic-Usability Effect 

To summarise this article, it would be how the perception of Aesthetic Designs are affected with usability. How more aesthetic designs have a higher probability of use since it looks easier to use, even if they are not easier to use, whereas a more usable, less-aesthetic design is less often used because of complicated and un-simple design (Lidwell, Holden & Butler, 2003)

How first impressions on a design are difficult to change and can evoke change in attitudes about their quality and use. For example in (Stephens, 2010) it was said that specific experimental design aspects relating to the riding environment, scenery or associated features on a bike path can influence a person decision on what specific route to take.

How that aesthetics is important to how a design is used, those aesthetic designs have a better effect at arousing a positive attitude than unaesthetic designs, making it easier for people to accept the design problems in aesthetic designs since its simple and that they already have a positive attitude towards it. That aesthetics brings person connection to people (Schlatter & Levinson, 2013)

That personal connection is a key factor to long-term usability and overall success of the design. For example, the maturation of science and technology created a problem to differentiate products to other products. So developing a new aesthetic design method solely to support customer feelings called Kansei and the quality evaluated by customer feelings called Kansei quality. Analyzing customer feelings on the product to design a final product to affect how customers feel about the product differentiating it from other products (Kobayashi, Kinuma & Higashi, 2016).

So when creating a design, always try to get an aesthetic design. Since an aesthetic design is perceived to be easier to use, more readily accept and used over time, and promote creative thinking and problem solving. As well that aesthetic designs can arouse a positive relationship with people and make it easier for people to accept the design problems.


Kobayashi, M., Kinumura, T., & Higashi, M. (2015). A Method for Supporting Aesthetic Design Based on the Analysis of the Relationships between Customer Kansei and Aesthetic Element. Computer-Aided Design and Applications13(3), 281-288. doi:10.1080/16864360.2015.1114385

Stephens, A. W., & Edith Cowan University. Faculty of Education and Arts. (2010). Improving the aesthetic and other experiential design aspects of bicycle paths in western australia

Sonderegger, A., & Sauer, J. (2010). The influence of design aesthetics in usability testing: Effects on user performance and perceived usability. Applied Ergonomics,41(3), 403-410. doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2009.09.002

Schlatter, T., Levinson, D. A., Ebook Library, & Books24x7, I. (2013). Visual usability: Principles and practices for designing digital applications. Amsterdam: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers is an imprint of Elsevier.

Lidwell, W., Holden, K., & Butler, J. (2003). Aesthetic‐Usability Effect. In Universal Principles of Design (pp. 18‐19). Massachusetts: Rockport.


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