Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics [McC94] offers insight into how people “read” images. If you want to learn more about designing icons, I also recommend Adrian Frutiger’s Signs and Symbols: Their Design and Meaning [Fru98].
Max Steenbergen talks about the trade-off between attractiveness and functionalism in his essay “Eye Candy vs. Bare-Bones in UI Design.”
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Read the essay at http://www.marco.org/441168915.
Read his essay here: http://www.asktog.com/readerMail/1999-06ReaderMail.html.
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