On the off chance you haven’t read Emotion and Design please go do so now. The Don of Usability rips down the curtain someone has erected between beauty and use, and placed them side by side in value, as they ought to be.
“My studies of cognition showed that color computer displays (or color TV, for that matter) offered no information advantage over black and white. But I would never go back to black and white computer displays or black and white television. So too should we not go back to ugly, ill-designed things. Heretical or not, it is time to have more pleasure and enjoyment in life. Although the cognitive analyses of usability and function are important, so too is the affective analysis. Let the future of everyday things be ones that do their job, that are easy to use, and that provide enjoyment and pleasure.”
Tragically this is accompanied by a recently added large ugly yellow table in the middle of what is otherwise a lovely front page. Did The Don’s design team not provide an extensible design with a style guide? it’s a shame.