The demise of “Form Follows Function”

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Alice Rawsthorn, design critic of the International Herald Tribune, reflects on the fact that the appearance of most digital products bears no relation to what they do, and what that might mean for future design.

“The dislocation of form and function has set a new challenge for designers: how to help us to operate ever more complex digital products.” […]

“The first wave of U.I. designs sought to reassure us by using visual references to familiar objects to help us to operate digital ones.” […]

“The next phase of U.I. design will take this further. John Maeda, the software designer and president of the Rhode Island School of Design, believes that our current “awkward mechanical dance” with computers will be replaced by an intuitive approach.”

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