Article ID: IJAE-D-22-00007
Wooden panels that are made of glueing elements with various appearances, involve numerous visual combinations. Although craftspeople believe that homogeneous patterns are desirable, it is helpful to clarify the acceptability of heterogeneous patterns from the perspective of sustainability. This study classified individuals based on their evaluation tendencies and examined their preferences. We performed a subjective evaluation of 17 sample images of 109 participants using an online survey. Consequently, it was found that patterns evaluated as “even” are generally more preferred. However, the classified clusters showed differences in their evaluation tendencies. For instance, the general consumer group confirmed only “heterogeneity” and the expert group felt “naturalness” from all samples. Additionally, there was a cluster that might have derived additional value from more homogeneous patterns. We conclude that an even appearance is desired, and additional information illustrating the characters of the wooden panel is needed to release unique patterns.