When Does Design Matter?

I have been watching the Xboxfocus group thread with interest. It sparked a thought that I believe demands a new topic.

What products, or product catagories, demand good styling? I use the term styling on purpose, because it is different from “good design”. There is the argument that good styling isn’t really needed for the Xbox.

I have recently come across the argument that good styling isn’t needed in the PDA/Pocket PC realm, but it IS needed in the mobile phone realm.

All of this is coming together to have me ask the question: “When does good styling truly impact the success of a product?”

Always.

only the force matters
design is nothing compared to the force