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Form and Function

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:

form&function

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…

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About Ben Lynam

Product Designer who likes to do things differently.

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