The process of selecting suitablematerials for a given project is complex
when viewed from the outside, but as with the process of technical
design, it becomes second nature to the experienced designer. The
palette of skills discussed in Chapter 1 is in fact inextricably linked to a
similar palette of materials knowledge. Successful designers develop
a deep understanding of the resources they use, whether it is based on a
narrow or a wide range of materials.