The question of whether or not visual design has value in software might seem moot. For decades now, graphical user interfaces have been the dominant paradigm . We revere the visual fruits of Apple; we delight in the graphical levity of the pervasive Web 2.0 look; and we get a visceral tickle out of the many visual and interactive effects of the Microsoft Vista, Linux Ubuntu, and Mac OS X operating systems. We like to be delighted and engaged visually. And why not? Whether our use of computer software is business or personal, we spend a lot of time…
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