Is there a design term which describes the aesthetic, "things which show the details of their construction".
October 31, 2012 4:47 AM Subscribe
Is there a design term which describes the aesthetic, "things which show the details of their construction". Examples inside.
posted by primer_dimer to grab bag (10 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I've noticed that a lot of objects who's design appeals to have something in common: the design shows the way that they were put together. Examples:
Shirts which use contrasting colours for the stitching
Bikes where the weld marks are left unsmoothed
Tables (and other stuff) with visible tenons
Kites where each panel is a different colour
Is there a design term that describes this phenomenon? It doesn't quite fall under "form follows function" because it's not really necessary to be able to see how a shirt was constructed in order for it to do its job well. And it's not simply a question of things being left "unfinished" - it tends to be concious design decision.
Can anyone think of any more examples? And if a word doesn't exist, can we invent one? 'Constructionism'?