Which is more important for design, functionality or looks?
I recently heard Ev Williams, founder of Medium and former CEO of Twitter, talk about the importance of beautiful design. I used to hear not to focus so much on looks but on functionality. Which is more important, functionality or looks?
A responsive design is always an advantage for the website. You either need a classic design for your website or a high level functionality. Giving both of them is not sure as the technicality assume to be great for it. So the having a user friendly look is always an additional advantage.
To paraphrase Mr. Miyagi from 'The Karate Kid,' everything comes down to balance. Design must take into account both aesthetics as well as function.
For Engineering applications / functional portals & applications such as ERP, CRM, Accounting SW, etc. Functionality and Usability is more critical.
For Marketing portals, websites, Networking / Social media and for fun apps, looks are more important.
It's not an either-or question. Design that understands the target audience is step one. Bad design will typically loose the audience. Once a well thought design is validated by interest of target audience, then that audience will proceed to the gate of whether functionality serves its purpose adequately. Of course there will be variances (i.e.: some target audiences will place higher value on function, while others visa versa). Know your target audience, plus know your competition.
Functionality is one of the core area of any application (web or desktop application) and then comes the design (UI/UX).
You may refer example of Google.com with just one search box
I agree with the statement, form follows function. Your site has to work most importantly. But keep in mind your landing page is probably the most important page on your website. It will be the first impression prospective clients or customers get of your website. So pay attention to function, but keep in mind your design is imperative on your homepage specifically. Good luck.
Hi Jack...Design is the combination of both Functionality and looks. Looks plays a important role to attract people in first shot but functionality make them sustain there for a long term.
Nowadays, people's eyes are literally flooded with images, videos, sites and everything else in between. While functionality is important, you need to catch the tired eye of your target audience with something beautiful that stands out. Thank you.
In my experience those two elements go hand in hand now. Good design today translates in to good user experience and functionality. Good design usually makes it easier to navigate around a site or on a platform, which in turn helps out with the functionality. So I would say that both elements are equally important.
I know this sounds like a cop-out, but in reality you need both. We live in an image-based society, so aesthetics matter. Subconscious cues will form impressions that will impact your ability to attract business. However, if the function is not there, you have problems that will impact performance, translating into costly inefficiencies.