Confidence, Visual Research, and the Aesthetic Function

Stan Ruecker, Stéfan Sinclair, Milena Radzikowska

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The goal of this article is to identify and describe one of the primary functions of aesthetic quality in the design of computer interfaces and visualization tools. We suggest that researchers in library and information science, computing science, and humanities computing can derive advantages in visual research by acknowledging -- through their efforts to advance aesthetic quality -- that a significant function of aesthetics in this context is to inspire the user's confidence. This confidence typically serves to create a sense of trust in the interface or tool, and to increase its perceived usability. In turn, this increased trust may result in an increased willingness to engage with the interface, on the basis that it demonstrates an attention to detail that promises to reward increased engagement. In addition to confidence, the aesthetic may also contribute to a heightened degree of satisfaction with having spent time using or investigating the object. In the realm of interface design and visualization research, we propose that these components of the aesthetic function (derived through trust) have implications not only for the quality of interactions, but also for the results of the standard measures of performance and preference. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library & Information Practice & Research is the property of Ontario Library Association and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPartnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 2007

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NamePartnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research


  • aesthetics
  • human-computer
  • interface design
  • visualization


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