By the title, I imagined this article was about happy designers and moving beyond frustration on the job — something I could use a bit of now and then. :)
It does touch on the part of a designer’s job that can be difficult and frustrating, the constraints, the pressures, the decisions that affect design decisions to the point where you almost forget what you’re designing for in the first place.
But mostly, Dana Chisnell, of usabilityworks.net, talks about three things you can take into consideration when designing an experience that will go beyond just making a site usable, and hopefully make users feel emotionally happy in some way for having used the site.
Beyond usability, this article discusses designs that encourage feelings of delight, deep engagement (flow), and add meaning to users’ lives, with some excellent examples and links for further research.