I have developed my own theory on form and function:
The two are given different levels of precedence within different eras, depending on many outside influences, such as fashion and the economic state.
- At the beginning of any object’s life, function is the primary objective.
- When function is defined, it is the responsibility of the designer to experiment with the form of that object.
- As the original form mutates, the consumer’s behaviour is altered to suit the new form.
- This means that this form dictates the function, whereby the function then must be reassessed.
- Function is redefined, completing the cycle and resulting in more form experimentation.
Something like this:
As the cycle spirals round and round, the artefact gradually moves further away from the original product, and this is the point at which new products are conceived.
It’s just a theory (no doubt the first of many). I welcome any criticisms or suggestions…