Functional, aesthetic, sentimental, and religious
Humans interact with physical objects in various, often ineffective, ways. To better understand the physical items we interact with, it is best to understand the underlying purpose of each item. Categorizing items gives us a basis to understand an items intended purpose.
Physical objects fall into four primary categories; Functional, Aesthetic, Sentimental, and Religious. Items can be one, more than one, or all four of these categorizations in any combination. A physical item created by a human must be one of these options. It is not possible for an item to be none of the four.
Functional objects are any item whose primary purpose is to perform a function. It is not possible for an items function to be only aesthetic. This is an aesthetic item. A functional objects functionality will typically surpass it’s beauty. Examples of functional items are chopsticks, a vehicle, a computer, and a door. It is the job of designers to create functional objects.
Aesthetic objects are any item whose primary purpose is to pleasure the senses. Aesthetic objects often serve no function. Common examples of aesthetic objects are paintings and sculptures. It is the job of artists to create aesthetic objects.
Sentimental objects are any item whose primary purpose is feeling. Sentimental items will always have a non physical association. This non physical association is not transferable to others without modifying. Common examples of sentimental objects range immensely. Items from a persons past or friends and family often will be sentimental. A sentimental object can have immense value to one person while being useless to most others.
Religious objects are any item whose primary purpose is religious. Religious items will always have a non physical association. Unlike sentimental objects, religious objects non physical association is transferable to others (of the same religion). An example of a religious item is a cross.