How do make choices when it comes to aesthetics?
September 13, 2012 5:16 AM Subscribe
Designers of all sorts (clothes, industrial, visual, graphic ones, etc) how do you make choices when it comes to aesthetics?
posted by niak to Grab Bag (6 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I know part of choices are made because of function (form follows function, yep), but once the function part is fulfilled, how do you make the aesthetics choices of the item you're working on?
Do you have your own database somewhere in your mind in which you pick what's the most appropriate according to the project?
For example you're designing a website : how do you choose the colors / the fonts / the background etc ? Do you rely on another website you've seen and consider as visually compelling ?
I know in graphic design there are rules, like no more than two different fonts in a same page for example. But sometimes there's no rule to follow… how do you choose then?
Let's take another example : why did the Apple designer team choose to design the iPhone 4 with sharper, more angular lines than they did for the first iPhones? How did they choose ?
Or, closer to us mere mortals, how do you choose which tee shirt you'll wear with your pants? How do you know the association of such tee-shirt with such pants works?
Is it intuition? Is it re-appropriation of something you've seen before? Is it education?
There are a lot of questions in this post… I think my general question is : how do you cultivate your aesthetics sense and how do you apply it in your life / work?
Thank you in advance!