Designing For A Hierarchy Of Needs

“Based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the idea of a design hierarchy of needs rests on the assumption that in order to be successful, a design must meet basic needs before it can satisfy higher-level needs. Before a design can ‘Wow’ us, it must work as intended. It must meet some minimal need or nothing else will really matter. Is this true? Or could a design that’s hard to use still succeed because it makes users more proficient or meets certain creative needs? Do you have to get all of the low-level needs exactly right before considering higher-level needs? To answer these questions, let’s start by looking at Maslow’s hierarchy.” (Steven Bradley – Smashing Magazine)

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