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Interdisciplinary Conclusion

The way I've been hyping visual artists throughout this paper, you might think that all you need to create a top-notch graphical user interface is a top notch visual artist. To tell you the truth... I don't think it works that way. Visual Art has been an obvious element for consideration in user interface design since the introduction of the first GUI, yet artists are still viewed as an `outside consultant' to a team of (more important) programmers. What we really need is better understanding, acceptance, and cooperation among the various disciplines that contribute to GUI design, including Visual Art. Scott Kim envisions a sort of `Interdisciplinary Ambassador'[8] who can bring together experts from diverse disciplines and help them pool their resources to create results greater than any other combination or individual could achieve:
Together, a graphic designer and a programmer can create something much stronger than either one could create alone.[8]
Visual Art has been a field of study for hundreds of years. Human-Computer Interaction is a baby by comparison. Why reinvent the wheel? Developers of today's and tomorrow's Graphical User Interfaces should stand atop the mountain of knowledge and experience offered by the field of Visual Art, and continue to climb from there.


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