MAKE – 2c. Materials & Components (Aesthetic Properties)
Aesthetic Properties (What does it look like?)
All materials have identifiable features, aesthetic properties, that make them look different. e.g. Attractive, Smooth, Glossy. Think about your five senses.
Is the way a material looks important?
Would you buy a product if it looked unattractive, dented, rusty or broken? I don’t think you would.
So, yes, it is important how a product’s material looks.
You should always aim to have your design looking at it’s best.
Remember it’s all about the detail!
Can you change the way a material looks?
Most definitely you can and it is down to the type of finish you put on it, have a look at the “Finishes” page.
If the product is made from a natural wood then you should show it’s grain, maybe have it nice and glossy so it looks it’s best.
If it is made of a metal that has iron in it, then you should paint it so it won’t rust.
If you burn or singe a cake you could decorate it with icing.
If you rip a piece of clothing or a bag you might put a patch on it.
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