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100 delightful principles
on September 27, 2012
I have rather mixed reactions of this work. On the one hand, the book provides a fun, pithy set of principles from the field of psychology that have a peripheral bearing on web design. There were many principles that I found rather helpful, such as where the eye focuses, how people remember, and the relationship between rich visual media and human interest.
On that other hand, I found the work to be a rather banal treatment of a very broad field, psychology, that often moved so far into the periphery of design considerations that I found myself wondering if there is any direct application that to the field of usability. For that reason, I was not entirely convinced that this particular book is the best medium and presentation strategy for developing what is largely praxis: design execution, usability engineering.
While well outside the realm of this work, I am left with the lingering question as to the relationship between literature and artistic expression. How does one translate rigorous academic thought into an intuited set of practices that, in turn, inform those thought processes?
Nevertheless, this made for a quick and delightful read of psychology from a designer's perspective and, for all my reservations, gladly recommend this for designers wanting to understand better their users.