Let’s begin with the explanation of
the two words, aesthetics and function.
First is aesthetics. Aesthetics is
a concept traditionally explored within philosophy and the fine arts, and
despite centuries of exploration, remains difficult to define. Artworks
originally receive aesthetic attention, but also natural objects such as
scenery or the human body. Beauty and art are notions relevant to the study of
aesthetics, but shall not be seen as a synonymous.
Now let’s explain functionality.
The functional part of the design is the process of consideration of the desires
or needs of the people that are using the item in a way that will allow the
person’s wants or needs. Functional designs are both an outcome and a process.
As an outcome, the function describes each product that works well to perform
the tasks; as a process, the functional plans are a set of small practices
guided by some basic principles that help produce unique outcomes.
At the heart of every piece of any
practical design, there is functionality and aesthetics; a task the item is
expected to perform. There are still some essential elements a designer needs
to take into consideration to create a product that best fulfills its intended
function and aesthetic.
The argument between the two,
aesthetics and functionality is not necessary. I say that because any side you
decide to go for is not wrong. In one design, you may need the aesthetic to
work for you if you want an attractive piece, but it also depends on what you
are aiming for and whom eyes you want to catch. Many people do not look for
much in a poster. Some may see an advertisement and be attracted to it because
it seems right or pleasing to look at. It is not what you say, but how you say
However, you may need functionality
to work for your design purpose. You may only want your design to accomplish
the task of getting the viewer to acknowledge the piece you decided to put up.
Using function also allows you to communicate the information well enough to
the viewer. It all depends on what you choose that shall work more for your
The side I’ve decided to choose is
neither. Both of the topics work together in my opinion. If the design
attracts, it is accomplishing the task of being attractive. If it is engaging,
it is pleasing to look at, and it communicates the information with its beauty.
That is my opinion.