Practical versus aesthetics

In this modern age when people are always on the lookout for Instagram-worthy stuff, trendy things and fancy places, do you go for practicality or aesthetics? These two elements often get in competition since there are times that you just can’t combine them.

More often, we convince ourselves to buy things or not to buy things because that’s the practical thing to do. But our passion for functionality sometimes crashes our love for beauty in various forms. Well, that’s the irony of it.

We can apply it in different aspects of life. From the clothes, we wear to our accessories and bags. We seldom use things that we believe do not look good on us despite them being the practical option. But again, one wouldn’t care less if he has an old phone or gadget as long as it serves them well.

How It Affects Us

Architects were taught in school that in developing structures, functionality should come first. It acts as an important design vision: form follows function. However, some clients tend to insist on dropping such principle and focusing more on the aesthetics.

Same thing goes when shopping for furniture at home. One is always struggling if they will go for a functional sofa over a stylish chair. More often, we found ourselves in a situation when we have to choose between what is practical and what is aesthetically pleasing.

Marketers and designers often get caught in the issue of what is more meaningful when creating a product: practicality or aesthetics? Will people give importance to beauty or sustainability? The answer varies.

However, we are now in a generation where everything seems to be hype-trends. According to surveys and research, most of the time, the consumer’s loyalty, and purchasing decisions are driven more by the product’s appearance than practical concerns. Beauty resonates more and appeals on the emotional level. Hence, customers associate them with brands.

In the context of web design, one should ensure that all the clients’ requirements are present in the website without sacrificing aesthetics.

In artworks like paintings, plays, and poems, we have the sole purpose of giving aesthetic experiences. But in industrial design and architecture, things were created with the primary intention of practical function and utility. Combining the elements raise the crucial issue of how they are related to each other.

The next time you’ll find yourself struggling what to choose, think long and hard. We believe that we can meet halfway and practice being practical while still enjoying beautiful things. After all, we only live once to get stressed about it.