Monday, February 25, 2013

Function in Design

Last week we talked about the 3 criteria design must meet to be good quality: function, materials and aesthetics. Today we are going to talk about what I consider to be the foundation of the 3... Function!

Everything out there must serve a purpose to its fullest potential. Mostly anything can serve as seating but only a chair has been designed for that purpose, and even chairs serve a special purpose. For example,  chairs designed for you to seat comfortably to work for 8 hours are different from those you use at your desk at home for a couple of hours.

This is a very important aspect to consider, because the chair where you sit most of the day {at your home office or work place} has to mold to your body or be ergonomic, made of easy to clean and breathable materials, should have casters to help you move around your work space and allow to adjust the height of it.

Your other chairs can serve the function of being pretty and decorative and have cushions for added comfort. The same principles apply to your lighting: for your desk use one that has a bright light and can be positioned to light your work surface directly, and for your living room use a lamp with a shade that diffuses the light and creates an inviting and cozy atmosphere.

Without function the other two criteria are pointless because everything created serves a purpose. It is important to analyze first if the design has a function and if it fulfills it to the maximum. If it does, then you check out its materials and its aesthetics... or in our case we'll do it in the next couple of weeks!

Finally, if anyone was offended by my plea for disabling to word verification on your blogs I apologize. It was not my intention to offend anyone, especially those who are plagued by spammers... I just wish there was a way to avoid it every time I leave a comment. Thanks!

Have a great week!!!