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Utility vs. Beauty (useful vs. pretty)

Joshua Brewer knows what it's all about. His latest post to 52weeksofux.com reinforces the whole premise of my pretty+useful concept quite clearly.

A good designer always works to keep the form, function and the aesthetic quality of a design in balance throughout the life of a project. Just because something looks good doesn’t mean its useful. And just because something is useful does not make it beautiful.

If you have yet to check in on their site, go there straightaway and subscribe to the feed, it's a great resource that will give your fuel for internal debate when someone from your marketing team wants you to add some "pizazz" or your CEO asks you to "make it pop." Our jobs are to police the line between usability and beauty so polish off your deputy badge and hop to it.


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