Materiality

Every material has a different texture, effect, and reaction to folds, bends, and cuts; but I never really thought of a material as design itself. Bristol reacts to a fold entirely differently than regular computer paper, and cardboard and chipboard have different levels of stability in terms of which will support more weight or what will hold its shape.  I knew material choice was an important decision leading towards the overall success or failure of a design, but it didn’t really hit me until I was given the choice of what material I wanted to use.  It really made me think when I started to look at the differences between each material how much it truly impacts the design.  Materiality is an element of design that affects the principles of design.  Choosing a material will no longer be a minor decision, but one with many itterations in different materials to experiment with how it impacts the overall design.

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