Form vs. function

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  • Form vs. function
    • The development of the 'reform' groups such as the Arts and Crafts movement gradually brought about change in the concept of design.
      • The form of products was to be simplified and the products well made from suitable materials.
    • The development of mass production techniques required that products be standardised, simple and easy to produce.
      • The modernist movement, which supported functionalism, suggested that the form of a product must suit its function and not include any excessive decoration.
    • Design has become a means of self-expression. Consumers choose products not just for what they do, but for what they tell the world about there lifestyle choices.
    • One of the roles of a designer is to provide a product with the right style or image for a particular target group.
      • Now that so many products are mass produced and sold in their millions, the designer must inject  a sense of individuality into a product.
  • Form follows function- functionality as the prime driver
    • No unnecessary decoration.
  • Form over function
    • The aesthetic qualities are of key importance


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