Callie is an assistant professor of design at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Prior to her academic career, she worked as an interaction designer for renowned design firms and non-profits including Gensler, Teague, and NPR. She also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Washington and the Maryland Institute College of Art, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in design. Her work has been recognized by the AIGA and I.D.
Don Norman is dead wrong about this: "that something emotionally
appealing can basically make up for its lack of usability". I may love a
beautiful object, but I didn't buy Philip Starck's lemon squeezer for
its aesthetic appeal; I was hoping to squeeze lemons. (This is the
piece-of-crap kitchen utensil illustrated on the cover of Don's
Emotional Design book).
There's a definition of kitsch that states that anything that purports
to be one thing, but actually does something else is kitsch. A pepper
mill in the shape of the Eiffel Tower, for example.
for all you hardware interaction designers, this bit was just an
amazing piece on Core77 about Kinetic Design. I think some of us
might think this is just "interaction design", but to me the
discussion of aesthetics of motion really touches my heart string in
a wondrous way. There was this Pratt ID student I met a couple of
years ago who did his thesis on this, and it also really resonated
with me back then.