the importance of contrast

I’ve been watching Abstract: The Art of Design on Netflix recently and I can’t get enough.

In an episode on interior design, Ilse Crawford talks about the importance of contrast in material texture to evoke sensory experience: We actually understand materials best by contrast. Our senses are actually wired in such a way that we understand that rough feels rougher by contrast with smooth. To get the best out of these materials, we needed to find their opposite.

I love the idea of using opposite to speak to one another, the same way complimentary colors speak to each other on the color wheel.
Abstract is full of little gems like this. I highly recommend.

Another great watch: Vox’s Explained.

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