Form Versus Function Essay

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The phrase “form ever follows function” was first introduced by Louis Sullivan “father of skyscrapers” which was an influential architect and critic, in his article The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered (1896) “Whether it be the sweeping eagle in his flight, or the open apple-blossom, the toiling workhorse, the blithe swan, the branching oak, the winding stream at its base, the drifting clouds over all the coursing sun, form ever follows function, and this is the law” (p 5). The principal for any design in any discipline is that form follows function; if an item must accomplish a certain function, then its design must aid that function to the fullest extent possible. But in our modern days most designs tend to favor form in almost all the disciplines prioritizing the appearance and neglecting the safety and the main function of the design or invention, those slipups can be seen in many of the famous industries, and that is what made them famous ...view middle of the document...

7 percent” (John Sousanis, 2010).
Even though most people know that form follows function they try to prioritize the form because form sells and function is just a secondary factor for them to think about. In programs nowadays most of the developers’ updates are about graphics and it rarely involve the program’s function itself. For example Skype, which is one of the most famous programs people use to communicate using video calls and voice calls. So its main function is communication however most Skype updates are visual rather than functional and rarely involve the program itself because of the same misconception of function follows form. This caused Skype a huge loss in the number of users; they started switching to other programs that offered better quality and functionality. Another example is Google Chrome and Internet Explorer ‘internet browsers’. haven’t you ever wonder why people use Google Chrome instead of Internet explorer? The answer is quiet simple, “Google Chrome 25 offers the leanest and most bare-bones address bar configuration, stripping everything down into a simple tab layout and address bar configuration that also doubles as a search bar” (Brandon Widder, 2013). Simply it’s fast and easy to use while “Internet Explorer 10 is the newest, and most elegant, edition to Microsoft’s IE lineup. It’s one of the most minimalistic and sleek designs offered in the browser realm” (Brandon Widder, 2013). This is one of the negative effects of prioritizing form over function.
Although this misconception happens in the automotive industries and the software industries it affects other disciplines in a greater way. One of the major disciplines it occurs in is civil engineer and we can see the effect of those erroneous beliefs throughout its long history
Although the form of an object is important, it must support the function which is the most important factor of building this object in the first place, form is a beauty or appearance that shouldn’t lower the effect of this object by any means

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