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FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION: Architectural Design Dictum

We are going to be looking at design through the lens of various maxims. Once we get a better sense about what drives design we can apply it to the various forms of information media in Print & On Line and also in our Techno Devices. 

A famous architectural principle that is derived from nature is that:

FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION

The Nautilus Shell

From the Wiki : Origin of the phase

The American architect Louis Sullivan coined the phrase, in 1896, in his article «The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered». Here Sullivan actually said “form ever follows function”, but the simpler (and less emphatic) phrase is the one usually remembered. For Sullivan this was distilled wisdom, an aesthetic credo, the single “rule that shall permit of no exception”. The full quote is thus:

It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic,
Of all things physical and metaphysical,
Of all things human and all things super-human,
Of all true manifestations of the head,
Of the heart, of the soul,
That the life is recognizable in its expression,
That form ever follows function. This is the law.[1]

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