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Designing for Emotion by Aarron Walter
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Jan 23, 2013

really liked it
bookshelves: published-by-a-book-apart, design-related

Aarron Walter proposes a hierarchy of needs (akin to Maslow's) for web design with a base of functionality upon which can be built reliability, then usability, then pleasurability. This book is about how just achieving usability isn't enough; once we fulfill the basics, we need to make websites pleasurable for users.

The book doesn't say a lot that you wouldn't find in hundreds of other design books, but what it says, it says well--with clarity and concision. It also gives many concrete examples with case studies which could be useful for convincing co-workers of the need to incorporate emotion into a site's design.

Here are a few things I found in this book:
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