Re: Mr Nielsen
If you consider design to be "functional design", then in this case good aesthetics != good design.
Something my be aesthetically very pleasing, but functionally useless.
The ideal is to have something that is both aesthetically pleasing and functionally effective.
However, when it comes to something that is meant to deliver concrete information (to buy something click here, to get details on this legislation click here, to get the specs of the widget I am looking at incorporating into my industrial process, click here, to update my payment details click here, to fill in and submit my tax return click here, to fill and and submit my visa application click here) then aesthetics must give way to functionality. That doesn't mean it has to be ugly, un-artistic, but those are secondary to functionality.