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Healthy Competition

The Museum of Modern Art should offer awards for excellence of user interface. Donald Norman, author of The Design of Everyday Things, says he dreads the day these awards are handed out,[12] but I think it would be a step in the right direction. It would validate interface aesthetics to designers, give them an added incentive to consult with an artist before creating an application for a visible interface. Ben Shneidermann encourages his students to design and try out competitions among user interfaces.[13] If authors and manufacturers know that the aesthetic value of their product will be evaluated by a panel of experts and reported to potential users, they will be forced to make improvements. We will also see that improvement when today's computer-oriented publications that write reviews and comparisons of hardware and software add an `artistry' or `aesthetic integration' factor to their testing and evaluation articles.


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