TOWARD THE STUDY OF AESTHETICS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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Abstract

This paper argues that an increasingly important dimension of the human-computer interaction is missing from the MIS and the HCI research agenda. This dimension—esthetics—plays a major role in our private, social, and business lives. It is argued that aesthetics is relevant to information technology research and practice for three theoretical reasons. (1) For many users, other aspects of the interaction hardly matter anymore. (2) Our evaluations of the environment are primarily visual, and the environment becomes increasingly replete with information technology. (3) Aesthetics satisfies basic human needs, and human needs are increasingly supplied by information technology. Aesthetics matters for a practical reason as well: it is here to stay. We propose a general framework for the study of aesthetics in information technology and provide some examples of research questions to illustrate the viability of this topic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages771-780
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004
EventInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2004 - Washington, United States
Duration: 12 Dec 200415 Dec 2004

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington
Period12/12/0415/12/04

Keywords

  • appearance Aesthetics
  • beauty
  • design
  • human-computer interaction
  • information technology
  • visual

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems

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