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Old 29th December 2006, 06:36 PM   #10
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In my opinion usability and good design are tied together. Good design usually enhances usability:
-Makes important elements stand out.
-Creates a sense of focus and direction.
-Communicates function clearly.
-Is familiar to the user and doesn't break their normal expectations.
When I make things that are easy to use they often look well laid out and attractive. And that's coming from someone who spends most of their time writing code .

I would suspect that most ugly sites that succeed do so despite being ugly not because of it.

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