Features

XIX.4 July + August 2012
Page: 60
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Everything can be beautiful


Authors:
Marc Hassenzahl

“Beauty is an important ingredient of our daily lives. We admire and praise the beauty of nature, architecture, music, other people… Given its pervasiveness, the lack of research addressing aesthetics in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is striking.” Not long ago, I started a book chapter on beauty and HCI with these words [1]. And I believe both parts still to be true. Beauty still matters, and HCI still keeps struggling with the concept. The reasons for this are manifold. One can despise beauty because of its notorious elusiveness or fight about whether beauty can be reduced to some numbers on scales—as…




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